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Badminton: Twin titles for shuttler Vaishnavi Bhale

It was a double delight for Nagpur's Vaishnavi Bhale as she won the women's singles and doubles titles in the Maharashtra senior state selection badminton tournament organised by Sports United at Chembur Gymkhana recently.

Champions all: Winners of the Maharashtra senior state selection badminton tourney with their trophies
Champions all: Winners of the Maharashtra senior state selection badminton tourney with their trophies

Fourth seed Vaishnavi secured a convincing 21-15, 21-18 win in 35 minutes over Pune's left-handed shuttler, Shruti Mundada to win the women's singles crown.

Bhale then teamed up with Mundada to defeat the pair of Pune's Manasi Gadgil and Mumbai's Vaishnavi Iyer 21-18, 21-19 and emerge victorious in the women's doubles final.

Meanwhile, in the men's category, top seed Nigel D'sa outplayed fourth seed, Ameya Oak 21-6, 21-11 in a one-sided final.

In the doubles final, the top seeded pair of Thane's Abhishek Kulkarni and Pune's Nishad Dravid pulled off a nail biting 21-16, 14-21, 21-19 victory over the second seeded pairing of Thane's Akshay Raut and Prasad Shetty.

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