Gurusaidutt bags Tata Open!
Indian shuttler is relieved to win his first title in four years
It was double relief for Tata Open India International Challenge men’s singles winner RMV Gurusaidutt yesterday after he beat fourth seed Sai Praneeth 21-19, 21-12 at the Cricket Club of India’s badminton courts.
The World No 43 took just 40 minutes to wrap up the win that is special to him for two reasons — firstly, because it’s the 22-year-old’s first title in four years, and secondly, he finally managed to beat his sparring partner (the duo trains at the Gopichand Academy) in a competition.
“This is a huge win. I am relieved because I was desperately looking to win a title and secondly, beating Sai Praneeth is like getting a huge load off me. I always win all practice matches against him during training but somehow was unable to get the better of him in competitions. In fact, I lost to him in the last three tournaments we entered,” Gurusaidutt told MiD DAY yesterday.
In Game One, Gurusaidutt began poorly, going down 1-4 before making a comeback to lead 6-4. Sai Praneeth rallied to make it 15-16, but Gurusaidutt leveled things at 19-19 and went on to take a 1-0 lead.
The second game saw Gurusaidutt take charge. He shot to a 15-10 lead and from thereon, never looked in trouble as he went on to win Game Two 21-12. Among the women, fifth seed PC Thulasi beat Febby Angguni of Indonesia 21-15, 21-13 to clinch the title.