Indian under -19 shuttler Jakka Vaishnavi Reddy has been for long fighting a battle with the Badminton Association of India (BAI) alleging unfair treatment. The Hyderabad shuttler had been vocal about the unfair treatment received by the national association as she was placed in doubles category being a singles player. However, despite all the barriers on her way she won the Yonex Belgian Junior Championship at Herstal, Belgium on Saturday.
Vaishnavi who was seeded second in the competition outclassed the top-seeded Hungarian Vivien Sandorhazi 21-19, 17-21, 21-12 in three sets to clinch the premier title. The game which lasted for 42 minutes saw a stern battle between the two shuttlers.
The 15-year-old who is not a part of the Indian team for the Junior World Championships despite being the second highest rank holder in World U-19 rankings left her opponent in dismay after showcasing brilliant display in the third set where she patiently defended and came back attacking to take the game.
The first two games were draining for the champion as Sandorhazi came haunting at her to cancel her lead from the first game.
Another, good news for India came from Ethiopia International badminton tournament where Indian pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok earned the men’s doubles title. The duo defeated Jordanian partnership of Md Naser Mansour and Ahmad Alshannik. The top-seeded Indian pair had a comfortable outing in the finals event.
In the Polish International Badminton Championships, Indian women’s pair of Maneesha K and Sara Sunil crashed out of the finals after a 19-21, 22-24 defeat against English combination of Jenny Moore and Victoria Williams. The Indian pair had to settle for a silver at the championships.