Malvika Bansod settled the title at U-19 All India Badminton tournament

By: Gobadminton desk
Date: 12 Aug, 2017
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After losing twice in the finals of All India Ranking tournament, a 15-year old Nagpur shuttler, Malvika Bansod eventually settled the title on August 6th at U-19 All India Junior Ranking badminton tournament, Chennai.


Unseeded Malvika passed third seeded Ashmita Chaliha of Assam by 12-21, 21-19, 21-13 in 40 minutes summit clash.


Malvika, the 9th grade student at Shivaji Science College, had lost to Gayatri Pullela at the U-15 All India Sub-Junior Ranking tournament, Gulbarga. After winning the first game against Gayatri, Malvika had a chance of match point in the second game but couldn’t convert it.


Last month at Jodhpur, Malvika had lost to Prashi Joshi of Delhi in the U-17 girls singles final. Now, it is a big moment for Malvika, so far, after winning All India Final on August 6th. The contentment for her hard work. It was not easy for the winner. Malvika easily lost in the first game. She was behind by 16-19 scoreline in the second game. Reverting back with 6 consecutive points, the young lad leveled the game score by 1-1.


In the decider, Malvika again hauled by 6-11 scoreline at interval. Out of nowhere, Malvika gained confidence and secured the maximum points she could to clinch the title.


In the semi-finals match, the previous day, Malvika knocked down 8th seed Amolika Singh by 21-10, 11-21, 22-20 in the one-hour encounter. With this, Malvika became only the third city shuttler to win the U-19 girls singles title. Arundhati Pantawane had won four junior titles in 2006 and 2007 while Rasika Raje had triumphed at Bangalore in 2013.


"I was determined not to let go of the chance this time. I had a couple of chances earlier but I could not grab them. I was prepared to work hard and bring the national-level title this time. Even though I was trailing in the second and third games, I did not give up and stayed positive throughout. I was mentally strong and I am glad I could pull it off today," said Malvika as stated by TOI.


Praising Malvika, Arundhati said, “Malvika is good and should work harder.”

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