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Corporate shuttlers badminton championship: Capgemini crowned champions after trouncing Wipro

The Corporate shuttlers Pune badminton championship 2018 organised by SportFit Crest and Welness private limited and Apex badminton company at Silver sports club, Wakad, came to a thrilling end on Sunday after Capgemini beat Wipro 2-1 in the final of the team event.

pune Updated: Aug 13, 2018 16:41 IST
Pranav Shahaney
Pranav Shahaney
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Winners of various categories at the Corporate shuttlers Pune badminton championship 2018, held at Silver sports club, Wakad, on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)

The Corporate shuttlers Pune badminton championship 2018 organised by SportFit Crest and Welness private limited and Apex badminton company at Silver sports club, Wakad, came to a thrilling end on Sunday after Capgemini beat Wipro 2-1 in the final of the team event. Quality performances in the singles events saw them eventually getting their hands on the elusive trophy.

The team event followed the best of three game system– two singles and one doubles event. In the first game of the tie, Raunak Kumar of Capgemini registered straight set wins over Devinder Singh. After registering a six-point lead midway in the first game, Kumar saw his advantage slip to within a couple of points, but managed to keep his neck ahead until the game point and eventually won the first game 21-17.

In the second game, Singh came back fighting and matched his opponent stroke for stroke. At 19-19, it seemed like the match could be headed into a third, but an unforced error from the Wipro employee gave Kumar the match point and he stepped up to the task to win the second game 21-19.

Wipro came back fighting in the second match of the tie as they registered a doubles win over their opponents in three hard-fought games. Despite losing the first game 16-21, Sachin Mankar and Ajit Gore showed their might against Ashish Pandit and Shailesh Bhave, winning the following two games 21-13, 22-20.

The onus was now on Mankar to replicate his form in the doubles in the singles final against Pandit. However, unfortunately for him and Wipro, the decider proved to be one-way traffic from start till finish, forcing Mankar to retire as he couldn’t match his opponent’s strength and stamina, eventually surrendering the title to Pandit and his Capgemini outfit. The scoreline of the game read 21-15, 8-3 in favour of Phadke.

In the first final of the day, Nachiket Dhayagude triumphed over Sushant Patil by a 21-14, 21-17 scoreline in the men’s singles event. The first game proved to be a spectacle and lived up to its billing of a final. Both shuttlers fought tooth and nail for each point, but in the end, it was Dhayagude that reigned supreme.

In the second, he managed to pick up from where he left off and it was one-way traffic up until Pati managed to muster a mini-comeback. However, it proved to be too little too late as Dhayagude held his own to win the second game.

In the men’s doubles final, Varad Gajbhiye and Tushar Balapu made easy work of Swapnil Malpathak and Vineet Dabak, beating them 21-10, 21-19. Despite a spirited fight from the losing side in the second, Gajbhiye and Balapu held their lead and edged it by two points to win the match.

Meanwhile, in the 35 plus men’s doubles final, Vivyek Kanchan and Madan Joshi beat Sarang Vyas and Vineet Dabak in the, arguably, best game of the tournament by a 21-19, 17-21, 28-26 scoreline. With the final game deadlocked at 20 points apiece, it required six more tie-breaks to get the job done as both teams attacked the opponent serve, forcing them to make errors.

Both sets of players looked extremely fatigued, but a last gasp error by Vyas, handed their opponents the championship point and they took full advantage of it, finishing off the contest with a crosscourt smash.

In the singles final event of the same age category, Sarang Vyas emerged victorious over Ashish Phadke 22-20, 19-21, 21-11.

Partnering with Hindustan Times, Silver sports club, tournamentplanner.in, Brighter minds and Heartfulness institute, the organisers ensured that the operations of the tournament went seamlessly. Due to the entire fixtures being automated and digital, participants too, could access the fixtures, results, and any other tournament-related information with the click of a button at any time of the day.

First Published: Aug 13, 2018 16:29 IST