Ruthvika, Siddharth clinch Senior Ranking badminton titles



South Asian Games gold medallist Ruthvika Shivani Gadde roared back to form by taking the women's singles title while 10th seed Siddharth Pratap Singh triumphed in men's section at the Yonex Sunrise All India Senior Ranking badminton tournament here on Sunday.

Showing all her experience, unseeded Ruthvika made short work of 13th seed Shruti Mundada to win the final 21-10, 21-17 in just 35 minutes.

Former national champion Ruthvika, who started her campaign as a qualifier, had a series of upset wins on her way to the title. She accounted for 10th seed Ira Sharma in the second round, which was followed by a 21-12, 23-21 win over top seed Aakarshi Kashyap.

In the quarterfinal, 15th seed Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka retired against her while in the semifinal, Ruthvika defeated 16th seed Samiya Imad Farooqui in three tight games.

In men's singles, a day after knocking out top seed Ansal Yadav, 10th seed Siddharth carried on from where had left and beat 14th seed K. Jagadeesh 23-21, 21-15 in a closely fought final.

Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat lived up to their top billing and took the title in women's doubles. The top seeds were at their immaculate best enroute notching up a 21-12, 21-17 win over Sahithi Bandi and Nila V.

Bhat also went on to win the mixed doubles title with Krishna Prasad. The sixth seeds blew away the seventh-seeded pair of Vighnesh Devlekar and Prajakta Sawant 21-15, 21-16 to win the title.

In men's doubles, fourth seeds Devlekar and Deep Rambhiya got a walkover in the final from second seeds Krishna Prasad Garaga and Shlok Ramchandran.IANS