MARGAO: The curtains came down on the Yonex-Sunrise 45th Indian Masters ( Veteran) National Badminton Championships -2022-23 at Navelim – GOA, with Dr Manju Khandeparkar and Dr Satish Kudchadkar giving the Goa contingent plenty of reasons to cheer.
Dr Manju Khandeparker, GOA, along with her partner Sunitha Swaminathan (2), TN, registered a comfortable 21-15 21-15 win over Alka Batra and Ritu Lohiya, RAJ, to win Gold in Women’s 60+ Doubles. It was a fascinating dream win for Dr Manju who was participating in just her first National level tournament. Dr Satish Kudchadkar added a Silver and a bronze to his kitty, following the bronze won the previous day in Men’s Doubles. In Mixed Doubles 75+, Kudchadkar and his partner Gowramma Veeralinga, KTK, went down to Vidya Bhushan Arora, UTR, and Minoti Anand, MAH, by 21-15 21-9 to win Silver. Kudchadkar won another bronze in Men’s Singles 75+, narrowly losing to Murali M.D., KTK, by 26-24 21-19. Kudchadkar’s tally stood at One Silver and two bronze medals to make it a fruitful campaign.
Leroy D’sa and Maria Ingrid D’SA of Goa roots, representing Maharashtra, defeated Shashidhara A. and Sharada NAVUDURI, KTK, 21-18 21-18 to win Gold in Mixed Doubles 65+. Leroy, a former National champion who partnered Prakash Padukone in his heydays, won another medal, winning Bronze in Men’s Doubles 65+ along with his partner Cleflend Mendez from Kerala. Other notable winners were Manjusha Sahasrabuddhe (Maharashtra) who won double Gold and Silver, Lingeswara Rao B. V. S. K (AP) and Sangeeta Rajgopalan, CG, who won double Golds each.
The 8 day event was organised by Goa Badminton Association under the aegis of Badminton Association of India and in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa. Sanjay Mishra, General Secretary, Badminton Association of India, Sekhar Biswas, Chairman -BAI Tournament Committee, KK. Sharma, BAI Observer graced the occasion among others. This was a Selection championship to select players who will represent the India team at the prestigious World Seniors to be held in South Korea later this year.
Goa’s Ashutosh Pednekar and Sandhya Melasheemi who had won Gold medals in the lower age group categories held few days earlier, along with Dr Manju Khandeparkar and Dr Satish Kudchadkar, have thus sealed their berth in the India Squad at the prestigious World championship event. Following are the finals results:
Lingeswara Rao B. V. S. K., AP, def. Rajeev Sharma (1), CAG, 21-14 21-10 .
Sangeeta Rajgopalan (1), CG, def. Jyothi Somaiah, KTK, 21-15 21-10 .
Venkata Raju A. and Lingeswara Rao B. V. S. K. (2), AP, def. Kamalakar Rao M., CAG, and Vibhor Swaroop, UP, w.o..
Sangeeta Rajgopalan, CG, and Saroj Sawant, MAH, def. Manjusha Sahasrabuddhe, MAH, and Suzanne VENGLET (2), TN, 13-21 21-18 21-17 .
Kamalakar Rao M., CAG, and Saroj Sawant, MAH, def. Prabhu Naik Naidu K., AP, and Suzanne Venglet (2), TN, 1-0 Ret..
Ram Lakhan (1), PNB, def. Atul Kumar Joshi, UTR, 21-12 Ret..
Manjusha Sahasrabuddhe (1), MAH, def. Neelima Mahajan, MAH, 21-9 21-5 .
Bibash Chatterjee and Yogesh Sanghavi (2), MAH, def. Umesh Agarwal, RAJ, and Romesh Kumar Sharma, J&K, 21-15 21-12 .
Manju Khandeparker, GOA, and Sunitha Swaminathan (2), TN, def. Alka Batra and Ritu Lohiya, RAJ, 21-15 21-15 .
Ram Lakhan, PNB, and Manjusha Sahasrabuddhe (4), MAH, def. Bantwal Sunil Pai, KTK, and Anuradha NAGENDRA, TN, 21-10 21-6 .
Arun Dhand, PNB, def. Lalmony S. K., KER, 21-16 21-13 .
Sharada Navuduri, KTK, def. Savithri Mohan RAJ (1), MAH, 21-16 21-15 .
Bimol Singh CH. and Kumar Singh L., MNP, def. Arun Dhand and Sudhakar Sharma, PNB, 21-10 21-12 .
Savithri Mohan Raj, MAH, and Neera Pasricha, UP, def. Sharada Navuduri, KTK, and Kanchan Sane, MAH, 21-13 14-21 21-18 .
Leroy D’SA and Maria Ingrid D’SA, MAH, def. Shashidhara A. and Sharada Navuduri, KTK, 21-18 21-18 .
Zokima F., MIZ, def. Chandran K.P., KTK, 15-21 23-21 21-19 .
Jessie Philip, KER, def. Susy V. John (1), KER, 27-25 21-15 .
Sushil Kumar PATET and Surendar Sing Pundir, UTR, def. Puttaraj M.S., KTK, and Ashok Sharma (2), MAH, 21-16 17-21 21-16 .
Hubert. Alan. Francis Miranda, MAH, and Jessie Philip, KER, def. Surendar Sing Pundir, UTR, and Susy V.JOHN, KER, 21-19 21-9 .
Vidya Bhushan Arora, UTR, def. Murali M.D., KTK, 17-21 21-18 21-18 .
Gowramma Veeralinga, KTK, def. Shaila Sardesai, MAH, 21-12 21-15 .
Vidya Bhushan Arora, UTR, and Mohan Murari Lal Srivastava, UP, def. Narayanan Nair K. and Krishnamurthy S., TN, 21-14 21-13 .
Minoti Anand, MAH, and Olga D’costa, KTK, def. Maya Chawat, RAJ, and Usha Sharma, HAR, 21-2 21-8 .
Vidya Bhushan Arora, UTR, and Minoti Anand, MAH, def. Satish Dhondu Kudchadkar, GOA, and Gowramma Veeralinga, KTK, 21-15 21-9 .