Chetan, Aditi win PSPB badminton finals

March 21st, 2008 - 5:32 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) National champion Chetan Anand and Aditi Mutatkar clinched the men’s and women’s singles badminton titles of the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) here Friday. Anand, representing ONGC, scored a comprehensive 21-13, 21-6 win over IOCL’s Parupalli Kashyap in the men’s final. BPCL’s Aditi defeated Aparna Balan of IOCL 21-19, 21-8 in the women’s title clash at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

In the men’s singles, Anand played an all-out attacking game to trounce promising Kashyap, who never really challenged the top shuttler.

Kashyap though played well in patches but could not stand to the net play of Anand. After drawing Anand close in the first set, Kashyap ran out of steam and unforced errors added to his misery.

Anand churned out his best in the second set and made Kashyap look like a rookie with his barrage of smashes and deceptive play in the net. The difference in the level could easily be seen as Anand dictated terms with long rallies and went for the kill at the right time.

“I have played well in the domestic tournaments this year. My world ranking has gone down and I have to go through the qualifiers in international tournaments after I missed few tournaments last year. But my form is good and I was confident to win this title,” Anand said.

Kashyap, one of the future stars of India, has not been able to live up to the expectations after climbing up the world ranking ladder with some big wins under his belt.

“I have not been keeping well of late and that is the reason for my dip in form. I did not play many international tournaments last year. I was down with fever for a long time and it keeps coming now and then. It has hurt my game a lot,” said Kashyap.

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