Muscat: Joshua Reji and Madhu Mitha won titles in the under-13 singles category at the Annual Badminton Tournament organised by the Indian Social Club (ISC).
In the popular tournament, being jointly sponsored by Clarion Group of Companies and Al Jizzi Company, Joshua claimed the boys title and Madhu Mitha won the girls crown.
In a thrilling boys under-13 singles clash, Joshua Reji faced stiff resistance before overcoming the brilliant challenge put up by Harshpreet Singh. Joshua and Harshpreet exchanged some brilliant rallies and matched each other stroke for stroke before Joshua clinched the title with a 21-16, 21-17 verdict.
In a well-contested girls under-13 final, Madhu Mitha held her nerves to edge past the hard-working Bhoomika Gautam 21-6, 19-21, 23-21. Bhoomika made a brilliant comeback after losing the first game tamely and played with confidence before going down fighting. Madhu Mitha showed sound temperament and held her nerves to win the first title of her career.
Mayaja Harish and Kanchana De Silva will clash in the final of the Open Women’s Singles event. In the semifinal, Mayaja defeated Padma KG 15-5, 15-8 and Kanchana downed Jessy Josef 15-7, 15-8.
In the women’s doubles semifinal, the team of Kanchana and Elizabeth scored a hard-fought 15-5, 16-17, 15-13 victory over Tejali and Roopa and earned the right to meet the team of Mayaja and Minu in the final. Mayaja and Minu defeated Surya and Linda 15-13, 15-4 in the second semifinal.