Hyderabad, Oct 26: Poorvi Singh and Vanshika Kapila emerged victoriuos in the Hyderabad edition of Red Bull Shuttle Up- first ever exclusive women’s doubles tournament held here on Saturday.
The duo defeated G Likhita and Maitreyi by 21/14 and 21/17, respectively. The winners will now move on to the National finals.
The winning team is from the Olympus Academy. There are 35 teams participated in the Hyderabad qualifier of Red Bull Shuttle Up. Red Bull Shuttle up qualifiers started from October 19 and will go on till November 23 with the respective city winners moving to The National Finals of Red Bull Shuttle Up which will take place on December 8 in Hyderabad.
The winning pair gets an exciting opportunity to play against one of the best badminton doubles player in the country Ashwini Ponnappa and the partner of her choice. India’s ace women doubles shuttler and Red Bull athlete Ashwini Ponnappa said, "It has been my ambition to promote the Badminton as a sport in India, especially for the women. It’s great to be associated with brands like Red Bull that create such platforms and gives wings to the aspiring talents.
Open exclusively for women above the age of 16, all matches are played on the knock out basis where all pairs played a best of 3 sets with 11 points (rally points) instead of the traditional 21 points a set.
The first edition of Red Bull Shuttle Up was an overwhelming success as India’s U19 ranked number 1 women’s doubles pair Ritika Thaker and Simran Singhi from Mumbai claimed the championship title after a charged 11-1; 11-6 final match win over their opponents Daman Rajkumar & Muskan Taya from Delhi.
The duo also got a chance to play against one of India’s best doubles players Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy at the R-City Mall in Ghatkopar, Mumbai. (UNI)