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12:00 AM, December 06, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 06, 2015

Indian shuttlers rule

Indian shuttlers clinched both the men's and women's singles titles as the Yonex-Sunrise Bangladesh Open Badminton Challenge tournament came to an end at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium in Paltan.

Men's top-seed and 55th ranked player in the world, Sai Praneeth of India, beat his compatriot Sameer Verma in a see-saw battle which went down to the wire. Praneeth won the first set by 21-14 points, but Verma romped back with a 21-8 win in the second. The third set proved to be a cliff-hanger, which Praneeth eventually won 21-17.

The women's singles final, however, saw an upset after an equally compelling encounter between top-seed Iris Wang of USA and Shivani Rathvika of India. The 18-year-old Indian won the first set against the 36th ranked women shuttler 21-23, before losing the second set 21-19. However, Ruthvika, a student of the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad and currently ranked 148th in the world, got the better of her more illustrious opponent in the deciding set 21-18.

Like the singles titles, the men's doubles title also went to India as Pranav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar pair beat Malaysian pair of Chee Tean Tan and Wee Gieen Tan in straight sets (21-16, 21-16).

The women's doubles title, however, went to Thailand's Chaladchalam Chayanit and Phataimas Muenwong pair, who beat Malaysian duo Yin Loo Lim and Meng Yean Lee in straight sets (21-15, 21-19).  Singapore's Yong Kai Terry and Wei Han Tan pair grabbed the title in mixed doubles, beating Malaysian pair of Wee Gieen Tan and Shevon Lai.

State minister for youth and sports Sri Biren Sikder, MP handed over the prizes as the chief guest of the occasion, where the organisers and sponsors were also present.

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