Pokhara: It’s a proud moment for Assam as shuttler Ashmita Chaliha beats Gayatri Gopichand in the women’s singles category at the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) here on Friday evening by a set of 21-18, 25-23.
Top seed Ashmita earlier thrashed her Sri Lankan opponent Achini Ratnasiri 21-5, 21-7, Gayatri also had an easy task against Dilmi Dias of Sri Lanka during a 21-17, 21-14 win.
In the men’s singles finals former World Junior Championships silver medallist Siril Verma lived up to his top seeding as he came back from a game down to beat compatriot Aryaman Tandon 17-21, 23-21, 21-13. Tandon finally had to settle for a silver.
Notably, top-seeded Siril earlier beat Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratne 21-9, 21-12 in straight sets.
It is quite interesting to know the fact that Indian shuttlers bagged a total of eight medals that includes four gold, two silver and two bronze in the individual badminton events at the 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu this year.