Aryaman, Akarshi crowned champions in Junior National C'ships
Guwahati, Dec 18 (PTI) Aryaman Tandon of Air India and Akarshi Kashyap of Chattisgarh registered comprehensive wins to run away with top honours in the U-19 boys' and girls' singles competition respectively in the 42nd Junior National Badminton Championships here today.
Arindam, seeded second, took on his Air India teammate Rahul Bhardhvaj in the summit clash and it was pulsating affair from the word go.
Rahul seized the early initiative taking the opening game 21-10. Arindam launched a comeback to win the second game 21- 18. With the match tied 1-1, it was poised for an exciting finish.
Both the players were on top of their game and fighting it out in the middle for every point with Arindam eventually prevailing 21-19.
Taking on Vaidehi Choudhari of Maharashtra, Akarshi found it rather easy and after an initial fight, she went to win 22 -20, 21-11 to be crowned the champion.
She also annexed the under-17 girls' championship after she beat second seeded Malvika Bansod 21-23, 21-17, 21-12 in a hard-fought contest.
In the under-17 boys' singles event, third seeded Maisnam Meiraba of Manipur won the title with an easy 21-13, 21-10 win over third seeded Amit Rathore of Madhya Pradesh.
Under 19: Girls' Doubles Rutaparna Panda(Ori)/Mithula U.K (AI)  bt Simran Singh (Mah)/Ritika Thaker (Mah)  21 -14, 21-13
Boys' Doubles Vishnuvardhan Goud P.(TS)/Sri Krishna Sai Kumar (TS)  bt Sanjai Srivatsa (PY) bt Siddharth Elango (TS)  21-16, 21-19
Mixed Doubles Krishna Prasad G (AP)/Mithula UK (AI)  bt Sri Krishna Sai Kumar (TS)/ Rutaparna Panda (Ori)  21- 18, 21-18
Girls' Doubles Trisha Hedge (KTK)/ Drithi Yatheesh (KTK) bt Keyura Mopati (TS)/Kavipriya S. (PY)  19-21, 21-15,22-20
Boys' Doubles Navaneeth Bokka (TS)/Vishnuvardhan Goud P (TS)  bt Dhruv Rawat (UTR) bt Akash YAdav (DLI)  21-14, 21-13