NAGPUR: Wasim Sheikh emerged as the men’s singles champion in the Inspire State Open Badminton tournament which concluded at Nehru Stadium, District Sports Complex, in Yavatmal on Monday.
In an exciting men’s singles summit clash, Pune’s Wasim rallied back strongly to pip Akshay Manwadkar, who conceded midway through the third game.
The Kolhapur shuttler got off to a good start as he won the first game narrowly at 21-19. However, Wasim bounced back splendidly to dominate the rest of the match to win 19-21, 21-8, 13-3 (conceded).
The men’s doubles title was won by Akshay Manwadkar and Ninad Kamat. The Kolhapur pair defeated Nagpur duo of Pranav Lokhande and Pratik Bode 21-14, 25-23. After losing the first game rather easily, Lokhande and Bode fought back well in the second game and threated to take the game to decider. However, despite trying hard Lokhande and Bode failed to stop Kolhapur pair.
Teenage Gondia shuttler Parth Modi bagged the U-19 boys singles title. In a one-sided encounter, Parth outclassed Amravati’s Ayush Kanojiya in straight games. Parth displayed an all-round performance as he carved out a thumping 21-10, 21-11 victory.
Ralegaon MLA Ashok Uike, District Sports Officer Pradip Shetiye, Yavatmal District Badminton Association (YDBA) president Shashank Deshmukh, YDBA secretary Pradip Gabada, YDBA joint scretary Ravindra Talreja and Inspire Badminton Academy director Akshay Gajbhiye distributed the prizes. Divisha Raheja conducted the proceedings of the prize distribution function.
Men’s singles: Wasim Sheikh (Pune) bt Akshay Manwadkar (Kolhapur) 19-21, 21-8, 13-3 (conceded).
Men’s doubles: Akshay Manwadkar-Ninad Kamat (Kolhapur) bt Pranav Lokhande-Pratik Bode (Nagpur) 21-14, 25-23.
Under-19 boys singles: Parth Modi (Gondia) bt Ayush Kanojiya (Amravati) 21-10, 21-11.