Correspondent IMPHAL, May 27 - Young badminton player Maisnam Meiraba Luwang from Manipur clinched the U-19 title in the All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament.
The tournament was organised by the Tamil Nadu Badminton Association under the aegis of Badminton Association of India from May 23 to 26 in Chennai.
It was Meiraba’s 3rd consecutive title in the national level tournaments. In the final the Manipur boy outplayed Aakash Yadav of Delhi 21-9, 12-7 (conceded).
Meiraba reached the final with an overwhelming 21-13, 21-11 win against Sathish Kumar of Tamil Nadu in the semifinal. In the quarterfinal, he defeated Imon Sonowal of Assam 24-22, 21-16.
Another Manipur shuttler Dingku Singh Konthoujam pairing with Maharashtra’s Ritika Thaker , thrashed Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto 21-18, 21-12 in the final to win the mixed doubles title. Bhatnagar is from Punjab while Tanisha is from Telengana.
The Manipur duo of Dingku Singh and Kh Manjit Singh went down 18-19,12-21 to the pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Vishnuvardhan Goud P in the final to finish runners up in the boys doubles category.