Mohammed Hassan and Tuba Sehar emerged as the champions in the men’s and women’s categories respectively on the concluding day of the 18th Raj Kumar Babuta Memorial Prize Money Carrom Ranking Tournament conducted by Chandigarh Carrom Association at St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh.
In the men’s final, Mohammed Hassan ended the challenge of Mohammed Talib with a 2-1 (14-13, 17-18, 25-23) win. Hassan won the opening game with a narrow margin of 14-13 to take a 1-0 lead. Talib made a strong comeback in the match by winning the second game 18-17. The third and final game saw Hassan playing with dominance and the youngster won the final game 25-23 to claim the title. Earlier the semi-final, Hassan had scored a 2-0 (25-0, 23-13) win over Paras Arora while Talib registered a 2-1 (14-25, 25-19, 23-9) win over Gagandeep Singh to enter the final.
In the women’s final, Tuba Sehar had an easy outing as she fashioned a 2-1 (24-5, 15-14 ) win over Farheen to claim the title. Sehar took the opening game 24-5 before winning the second game narrowly 15-14 to emerge as the winner. Earlier it was easy going for Sehar in the semi-finals as she scored a 19-13, 25-4 win over Nidhi Gupta to seal her spot in the final. Farheen ended the challenge of Maryam Khan with a 25-2, 25-7, 19-13, 25-4 win. Earlier in the tournament, Chirag won the title in the boys’ junior category with a 2-1 (10-11, 16-5, 9-7) win over Gopal Kakkar in the final. Chirag made a slow start in the match as he lost the opening game 10-11. The youngster then won the second game 16-5 before claiming the third and final game 9-7 to claim the title. Earlier in the semi-final, Chirag had scored a 21-11, 21-4 win over Mayank Gupta while Gopal Kakkar trounced Aryan Dhaka with a 17-15, 21-0 win.
It was joy for Nidhi Gupta in the girls’ junior final as she outplayed Maryam Khan with a 9-6, 21-7 win. Gupta pocketed the opening game 9-6 before winning the second and final game 21-7 to emerge as the winner. In the girls’ sub-junior final, Sangini Mamgain ended the challenge of Vaidhavi Mamgain with a 9-0, 6-7, 10-0 win. Sangini won the opening game comfortably with a 10-0 margin before Vaidhavi won the second game 7-6. The third game saw Sangini playing with control and the player won the game 10-0 to win the title.
In the boys’ sub-junior final, Mayank Gupta carved out a 8-7, 17-0 win over Gopal Kakkar to emerge as the champion.