Athira beats Mayaja in ISC badminton women’s final

Athira (left) and Mayaja

Athira Venugopal claimed the women singles crown at the ongoing ISC annual badminton tournament on Sunday.

In a thrilling final, Athira, a former junior winner at the club, rallied from an opening game loss to defeat Mayaja Harish 19-21, 21-6, 21-6. 

Meanwhile, Nowfal defeated Vaishakh Nair in the men’s A semifinal 21-13, 21-15 to set up a title clash with Jeswin Mathew.  In the second semifinal, Jeswin outplayed Milind Naithani 21-5, 21-7.

Also in the veterans’ singles, Percy Pereira set up a summit clash with S Ganesh.

In the semifinals, Percy defeated Manoj Varghese 21-16, 21-12 while Ganesh overcame Vinod Kumar 21-8, 21-6. 

The men’s A doubles final will be between the pair of Aaron Aju and Nitin and Abin Jose and Nowfal. Aju and Nitin beat Rajesh and Mony Jacob 22-0, 17-21, 21-10 while Jose and Nowfal upset the fancied pair of Vaishakh Nair and Jeswin Mathew 21-17, 11-21, 21-19.


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