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Aparna Popat wins two doubles titles at GD Birla Memorial Masters

Former national champ Popat wins two doubles titles at the GD Birla Memorial Masters badminton event

Nine-time former national champion Aparna Popat helped herself to two doubles titles in the 24th GD Birla Memorial Masters badminton tournament at Bombay Gym yesterday.

Aparna Popat (left) with Naheed Divecha during the GD Birla Memorial Masters tournament at Bombay Gymkhana yesterday
Aparna Popat (left) with Naheed Divecha during the GD Birla Memorial Masters tournament at Bombay Gymkhana yesterday

In the women's doubles 75+ age group (The total age of the partners should add up to 75-plus), top seeds Popat and Naheed Divecha registered a comfortable 21-8, 21-16 win over second seed pair of Deanne Rodrigues and Supriya Devgun to win the title.

The 38-year-old then teamed up with Ayaz Bilawala in the mixed doubles 80+ category. Bilawala/Popat duo beat Shailesh Daga and Naheed Divecha 21-10, 21-12.

Final results

> Men's professional singles: Mohit Kanani bt Sanjay Golbare 21-14, 21-19
> Men's professional doubles: Dinesh Golbare/ Manoj Nachnekar bt Anand Mhaskar/ Sanjay Golbare 21-19, 21-10
> Team championship (Elite): Bombay Gymkhana 'A' bt PJ Hindu Gymkhana 'A' 2-1
> Team championship (Plate): MCF 'A' bt WCG 2-0
> Men's singles (open) 45+ age group: Ajay Srivastava bt Dinesh Lalwani 21-14, 21-9
> Men's doubles (open) 45+ age group: Ayaz Bilawala/Shailesh Daga bt Mayur Tawade/ PM Bala 23-21, 21-13
> Men's doubles 80+ age group: Mangarish Palekar/Shailesh Daga bt Sushant Niddodi/ Yogesh Padukone 21-17, 21-19
> Men's doubles 100+ age group: Hubert Miranda/Sushant Niddodi bt Mayur Tawade/ Milind Ghate 21-18, 16-21, 21-18

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