Second seed Simran Singhi of Ryan International ICSE (Malad) beat school-mate and best friend Arya Shetty 21-10, 21-14 to clinch the girl's U-16 Mumbai Schools Sports Association inter-school badminton title at the Cricket Club of India badminton courts yesterday.
Ryan International's Simran Singhi during the MSSA girl’s U-16 final at the CCI yesterday. Pics/Suresh KK
In the opening game, Arya had a 4-1 lead, but Simran came back into the game with some hard-hitting cross-court smashes to win 21-10. The second game went neck-and-neck till 7-7, after which Simran took control of the game and won nine points by playing some deceptive drop shots and rallies to make it 16-8 in her favour. Arya did try to make a comeback but it was too late as Simran won the game 21-14.
After the final, an emotional Simran was seen touching the feet of her former coach Uday Pawar, under whom she had been training since she was six. The 13-year-old started training with former India player Sanjay Sharma only last week.
"Uday sir has made me the player I am today. I have been training with him since I was a six-year-old kid. My parents felt that I need personalised coaching since there were too many students at the academy," said Simran, a Class IX student.
Title for Varun
Meanwhile, in the boys' U-16 final, third seed Varun Mujumdar of Arya Vidyamandir (Bandra) registered a 21-6, 22-20 win over Devesh Dharmarajan of Thakur Public School (Kandivli) to win the title.
> G-U-14: Rane Rudra bt Jagtap Jahnavi 21-15, 19-21, 21-17
> B-U-14: Varun Dave bt Tanish Saxena 21-15, 21-14
> G-U-12: Hrissha Dubey bt Manya Avlani 21-3, 21-8;
> B-U-12: Joshi Atharva Mandar bt Aryan Ghosh 21-18, 21-15
> G-U-10: Aalisha Naik bt Suri Taarini 21-12, 21-18
> B-U-10: Pawar Harsh bt Phatak Soham 21-15, 21-19
> Girls' team final: Ryan International School ICSE (Malad) bt IES VN Sule Guruji English (Dadar) 2-0
> Boys' team final: Thakur Public School (Kandivli) bt Arya Vidyamandir (Bandra) 2-0