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Attri-Reddy crowned champs; Saina pulls out of PBL

November 24, 2019 18:13 IST

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IMAGE: Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy of India. Photograph: PTI

The top-seeded India pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy were crowned doubles champions in the Infosys Foundation-India International Challenge on Sunday.

The Attri and Reddy duo made light-weight of their opponent -- Thailand's Chaloempon Charoenkitamorn and Kittisak Namdash -- as they won the lopsided final 21-15, 21-15 at the Cricket Club of India court in south Mumbai.

 

There was total domination from the Indian pair from the beginning as they produced some breathtaking smashes and rallies and eventually wrapped up the summit clash in 32 minutes.

Meanwhile, in the men single's final, India's Kaushal Dharmamer, fought hard but eventually lost to fifth seed Xiaodong Sheng from Canada 19-21, 21-8, 14-21.

Dharmamer was leading in the third and the final set before the Cananda player made an impressive comeback to take the game away from the Mumbai-based player, who trains at the Goregoan Sports Club under senior coach Uday Pawar.

Dharmamer took the second game with utmost ease at 21-18 and it seemed he had the upper hand after losing the first one.

The Mumbai-lad was ahead in the third game 12-10, but Sheng won seven points in a row to tilt the contest in his favour and it was then rather difficult for Dharmamer to make a comeback.

Later, speaking to reporters Dharmamer admitted it was difficult for him to pull in the final.

He is now eyeing to make his mark in the Syed Modi International International Badminton Championship, which will be played in Lucknow.

The Canadian player said he enjoyed the contest and was also looking ahead for the Syed Modi tournament.

Results: Men's doubles: Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy (India) beat Chaloempon Charoenkitamorn and Kittisak Namdash (Thailand) -- 21-15, 21-15.

Men's Singles: Kaushal Dharmamer (India) lost to Xiaodong Sheng (Canada) 19-21, 21-8, 14-21.

Women's Doubles: Tan Pearly Koong Lee and Thinaah Muralitharan (Malaysia) beat Teoh Mei Xing and Yap Ling (Malaysia) 21-18, 21-14.

Women's Singles: Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thailand) beat Benyapa Aimsaard (Thailand) 21-18, 21-11.

Mixed Doubles: Hoo Pang Ron and Cheah Yee See (Malaysia) beat Chia Weije and Tan Pearly Koong Le (Malaysia) 21-15, 21-15.

Saina pulls out of PBL Season 5 to prepare for next season

Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Sunday pulled out of the upcoming Premier Badminton League to prepare herself for the next international season.

The 29-year-old Saina, who played for North Eastern Warriors in last PBL last, will not be seen in action in the fifth edition to be played between January 20 and February 9.

"Hey everyone, I won't be part of the PBL Season 5. I haven't been well most part of the year due to pancreatitis and injuries and I would like to take time during the PBL to prepare better," Saina said in a tweet.

"I want to say sorry to all my fans and I hope to be part of the next season of PBL," said the 2012 Olympics bronze medallist.

Currently ranked ninth in the world, Saina has been struggling for form throughout this year. She was last seen in action in the Hong Kong Open earlier this month where she lost to China's Cai Yan Yan in the first round.

Saina has suffered first round losses six times this year.

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