India Junior International Grand Prix: Meiraba, Crasto-Bhatnagar Go Down Fighting in Finals
Meiraba Luwang and the mixed doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Ishaan Bhatnagar lost their respective finals at the Yonex Sunrise India Junior International Grand Prix.
Tanisha Crasto and Ishaan Bhatnagar, along with Meiraba Luwang (Photo Credit: BAI)
Pune: India's hopes of securing twin titles at home were dashed with both Meiraba Luwang and mixed doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Ishaan Bhatnagar losing their respective finals at the Yonex Sunrise India Junior International Grand Prix here Sunday.
Russian Junior White Nights champion Meiraba, placed at the 15th spot in the World Junior Rankings, was the unanimous favourite for the boys' singles crown against the 495th Ken Yon Ong.
However, the Malaysian refused to let the huge gulf in the rankings matter when he overturned a slow start to secure a stunning 13-21, 21-19, 23-21 victory over the Manipur shuttler.
In the decider, Meiraba trailed at 13-16 only to claw his way back to level the game at 17-17.
In a tight finish, the Indian had a match point at 20-19 which he was unable to convert in the face of the onslaught from the determined Ong, who completed the upset in 1 hour 7 minutes.
Tanisha and Bhatnagar's dream of winning three titles in as many weeks failed to materialize when they went down 12-21, 22-20, 20-22 to second seeds Ratchapol Makkasasithorn and Benyapa Aimsaard in a gruelling final.
Tanisha and Bhatnagar had scooped up titles at All India Junior Ranking Tournaments in Panchkula and Bangalore over the last couple of weeks.
Silver medallists at the #YonexSunrise India Junior International 2019 are:
WS- #RikoGunj from
MS- #MeirabaLuwang from
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) September 1, 2019
In women's singles, top seed Benyapa Aimsaard was crowned the champion after she managed to stave off a stiff resistance from second seed Riko Gunji.
The Asian Junior Championships bronze medallist dropped the middle game and had to dig deep to pull off a 21-19, 18-21, 23-21 win in 61 minutes.
Japanese third seeds Kaho Osawa and Hinata Suzuki outlasted Thai top seeds Pornpicha Choeikeewong and Pornnicha Suwatnodom 13-21, 21-15, 21-14 to win the girls' doubles title in 50 minutes.
In boys' doubles, Malaysian fifth seeds Jhy Dar Ooi and Roy King Yap toppled the Japanese third seeds Takuma Kawamoto and Tsubasa Kawamura 17-21, 21-16, 23-21 to claim the title.
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