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New Delhi, April 17, 2017: Call it a super Sunday for Indian badminton, if you like. Not long before the first all-Indian final of the Singapore Open Super Series between Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth, approximately 900 kilometers southwards in Jakarta, three young Indian shuttlers did the country proud by claiming podium finishes at the 2017 International Junior Grand Prix, as reported by TOI.

Former star Indian badminton player Pulela Gopichand has been training ace Indian badminton players like P.V Sindhu and has once again hit the news headlines for his daughter as well as his student Gayatri Pulela.


National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand’s daughter Gayatri Pullela has bagged both the singles and doubles crown at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta.

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Gayatri eked out a hard-fought 21-11 18-21 21-16 win over her doubles partner Samiya Farooqui to win the girls U-15 singles title while finishing with bronze was Kavipriya Selvam.

Gayatri later teamed up with Samiya to clinch the U-15 doubles title with a straight game 21-17 21-15 win over Indonesian pair of Kelly Larissa and Shelandry Vyola.
The doubles bronze was won by Kavipriya and Meghana Reddy.

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All four girls are products of the SAI Pullela Gopichand National Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, which for the first time was able to send a group of U-15 level badminton players overseas to compete in the age-group International Junior Grand Prix.

On Saturday, Gayatri had soundly defeated Indonesia’s Puspitanaya Effendi Nadelita 21-12, 21-11 to reach the final of the women’s U-15 singles event, while Samiya beat compatriot Kavipriya Selvam 15-21, 21-13, 21-16 to meet her in the summit clash. Gayatri and Samiya made the doubles final after beating Dea Riska Putri Hapsari and Anyza Velda Syafira 21-16, 21-12.

In the women’s U-15 doubles semi-finals, Meghana Reddy Mareddy and Kavipriya lost to Larissa and Vyola 21-16, 21-18 on Saturday. Vikas Yadav lost to Mawardi Putra Damas 21-17, 18-21, 21-17 in the men’s U-15 semi-finals.

-prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6


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