Former national champion Rituparna Das has bagged the women’s singles final in the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament at the Padukone-Dravid Centre of Sports Excellence in Bangalore on Sunday. In men's singles, Mithun Manjunath beat Siddharth Pratap Singh 21-12, 21-19 to secure the title.
After suffering a terrible 2017 thanks to continuous injuries to her hamstring, Rituparna brought her best performance to the fore at the senior national ranking tournament and secured the first title of the year after beating Shikha Gautam 18-21, 24-22, 21-16 in the women’s singles final. The Bengal girl was thoroughly brilliant throughout the tournament and Sunday’s final was actually the first real challenge for her in the five-day long event.
Meanwhile, Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy’s Mithun Manjunath grabbed the men’s singles crown beating Swedish Open champion and his academy mate Siddharth Pratap Singh 21-12, 21-19. Mithun, on his way to the title, did not even drop a single game throughout the tournament.
While Das and Mithun won the singles titles, veteran doubles players Chetan Anand and V Diju clinched the men’s doubles crown with a straight-game victory over the pairing of Arjun Kumar Reddy and Gouse Shaik 21-18, 21-16. J Meghana clinched a double crown winning both women’s and mixed doubles titles at the newly-built sports facility on the outskirts of Bengaluru.