PSPB defend titles at Siri Fort

The defending champions never looked under pressure throughout the tournament at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published:December 20, 2013 2:35 am

Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) maintained their stranglehold on the national team championship for the 15th successive year after comfortably clinching the double crown in the 69th ATS Inter State-Inter Zonal badminton championship.

The defending champions never looked under pressure throughout the tournament at the Siri Fort Sports Complex and didn’t break much sweat during the men’s and women’s finals against Air India.

The men’s team — led by former national champion Sourabh Varma — dropped just one point in doubles as PSPB sailed through 3-1 to lift the Rahimtoola Cup,while the women bulldozed their opponents 2-0 without much ado.

Varma began the march with a 21-13,21-12 win over Anand Pawar and it was left to RMV Guru Sai Dutt to complete the formalities with a 21-19,21-15 victory over Harsheel Dani.

In between those matches,Air India’s men’s doubles combination of Akshay Dewalkar and Sanyam Shukla saved a game point in the first game before getting the better of K Tarun and Pranaav Chopra 24-22,21-15.

The women’s final turned out to be a one-sided affair with world championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu defeating national champion Sayali Gokhale in straight games and Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta completing the scoreline.

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