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SELBATC2024 : INDIA EDGE THAILAND 3-2 TO LIFT MAIDEN BATC TROPHY

India women’s badminton team created history by winning their maiden Badminton Asia Team Championships (BATC) title after winning a hard-fought battle against Thailand in the finals of the 2024 edition at Setia City Convention Centre here today. 

 

Anmol Kharb, the 17-year-old reigning Indian national champion from Haryana, turned out to be the star of the team yet again as she stunned her higher-ranked opponent in the deciding match to hand India the historic 3-2 win which earned them the coveted Asia Team trophy. 

 

With both teams levelled at 2-2, the 472-ranked Kharb, rose to the occasion, living up to her billing as India’s trump card to frustrate Choeikeewong with 21-14, 21-9 win in 43 minutes. 

 

Earlier, world No.11 Pusarla V Sindhu, as expected crushed Supanida Katethong in straight games while doubles pair Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand Pullela had shocked their better-ranked opponent Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Projongjai to put India on a 2-0 advantage. 

 

Pusarla dominated the courts with her fast attacking play, giving no chance for the world No.17 Katethong to respond and move around, and eventually wrapped up the game 21-12, 21-12 in 39 minutes. 

 

Jolly/Pullela then followed suit, putting up a spirited display to force their world No.10 rival Kititharakul/Projonjainto into a three-game battle which eventually favoured the Indian women pair 21-16, 18-21, 21-16 in a duel which lasted 73 minutes.

 

However, world No.18 Busanan Ongbamrungphan put India’s celebration on hold, keeping Thailand’s hopes alive and stamping her superiority with a straight-game win over Ashmita Chaliha 21-11, 21-14 in 35 minutes, to narrow the score to 2-1. 

 

The Aimsaard sisters of Benyapa/Nuntakarn forced a deciding tie following victory over Priya Konjengbam/Shruti Mishra 21-11, 21-9, who were unable to rattle the world No.13 Thai pair. 

 

The burden of clinching the crucial winning point was left to India’s 17-year-old young badminton sensation Anmal Kharb and Thailand’s third singles Pornpicha Choeikeewong. 

 

After a rather cautious start, the 472-ranked Kharb, who has been making headlines as the tournament’s rising star, gained her momentum later in the game, controlling the courts and forcing Pornpicha into a string of errors.

 

After 43 minutes, Kharb finally completed her task of delivering the match by winning 21-14, 21-9. 

 

India’s coach Pullela Gopichand praised his players, especially Kharb whom he said was “naturally clever on the courts.”

 

The top four teams – India, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia, qualified by merit for the Uber Cup Finals scheduled in Chengdu China, in April-May. The Badminton Asia Team Championships 2024 also offers valuable Olympics ranking points to players. 

 

 

RESULT (FINALS) 

 

Pusarla V Sindhu bt Supinada Katethong 21-12,21-12

 

Treesa Jolly/ Gayatri Gopichand Pullela bt Jongkolphan 

Kititharakul/Rawinda Projongai 21-16, 18-21, 21-16

 

Ashmita Chaliha lost to Busanan Ongbamrungphan 11-21, 14-21 

 

Priya Konjengbam/Shruti Mishra lost to Benyapa Aimsaard/Nuntakarn Aimsaard 11-21, 9-21.

 

Anmol Kharb bt Pornpicha Choeikeewon 21-14, 21-9

 

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