Our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI, June 24: Assam girl Ashmita Chaliha overcame stiff competition from her opponent to finish on top of the podium at the Yonex Sunrise All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament at the Pullela Gopichand Academy, Hyderabad on Sunday.
16th seeded Ashmita scored a pulsating victory over third-seeded Sai Uttejitha Rao to emerge winner in the women’s singles event. Sai, who came into the tournament at the back of a title win in Bangalore last week started the match as clear favourite but could not overcome a spirited challenge from Ashmita.
Ashmita won the opening game 21-16, but conceded the second game 14-21. However she held on to her nerves and displayed great tenacity to win the deciding game 21-15.
In the mens section Siril Verma lifted the title defeating Sourabh Verma 18-21, 21-16 and 21-8.