EXPERIENCE CAN prove to be an able ally in crunch situations and no one knows that better than shuttler Chetan Anand.
Drawing from his reservoir of know-how, Anand clinched the 29th Inter-Petroleum Championship against his younger opponent P. Kashyap in straight sets 21-13, 21-06.
The veteran ONGC player's task was made simpler as Indian Oil's Kashyap faltered and made too many unforced errors. Anand took the lead and though Kashyap came up with some powerful play, he could not capitalize on the chances that came his way.
The spectators got to see some long rallies in the first set. With the score reading 17-10 in Anand's favour, the galleries witnessed Kashyap's powerful smashes trying to break free from Anand's mind game. The experienced Anand's style of play finally prevailed. After being made to sweat it out, the 21-year-old Kashyap ran out of steam and had to accept his opponent's supremacy.
"I played very badly today. Yes, I was very impatient and made too many mistakes," admitted Kashyap.
But it was not just restlessness that bothered him. "I have not been keeping well for quite some time. So, I need to work on my fitness before the Indian Open," he said.
Anand, on the other hand, seemed high on confidence and fitness. "It was an easy win for me. Of course, Kashyap is a good player and the first game was very close. But from the start, I was very positive and the patience paid off.
"Moreover, I feel very fit and confident before the Indian Open," he said before hastening to add, "I am looking forward to causing some major upsets at the Indian Open."
The women's final too was a one-sided affair with Bharat Petroleum's Aditi Mutatkar winning effortlessly against Indian Oil's Aparna Balan 21-19, 21-07.