YOUTHFUL Surya Ganesh put up a spirited show to clinch the TADA 77 Cup Badminton U-18 title after beating Rahil Kakad on Monday night at Khalsa Sports Club in the City.
Ganesh who as in sparking claim a two set victory over his opponent, posting 21-12 in the first set before kicking out his opponent with 21-14 in the second set.
Following the victory, Ganesh was also awarded the best upcoming player’s prize.
Ganesh was all but happy to win the title said: “It’s nice winning a title, I give all credits to my opponent since he gave me a real challenge.
I hope to work hard and win more trophies in the future.” Men’s singles title was won by the top seeded player, Hassanali Mawoko who humiliated Dhyanesh Ramaiya also by two straight sets in 21-11 and 21-17 scores.
Mawoko said: “It was a tough final, especially the second set, my opponent changed service tactics that gave me something to think before sealing the victory at the end. I am happy to win it.”
But Ramaiya got an opportunity to revenge for a loss after beating Mawoko in the men’s doubles. Ramaiya who partnered with Jagroop Singh claimed a 2-1 win over Mawoko and his partner, Parag Somaiya in the men’s double final.
The champions started strongly to win the first set with 21-17 score, but their opponents leveled the score with 15-21 in the second. Ramaiya and his partner regained composure in the decider to win 21-11 and claim the coveted trophy.
Four-day tournament was organised by TADA with assistance from Tanzania Badminton Association’s (TBA) Acting Secretary General, Tony Desouza.
The tournament was part of the campaign to promote badminton so that it regain its lost glory and as well to celebrate the youth festival for the year 2018/19.