Atul (Gujarat), Feb 4: Sourabh Verma beat India’s best emerging player, Sai Praneeth, in the final of the All India Senior Ranking Tournament on Friday. Verma won 11-21 21-15 21-19; a surprise result, for Praneeth has been in fine form recently.
In the WS, PV Sindhu decimated Sayali Gokhale. Other winners: Arun Vishnu/ Aparna Balan (XD), Jyotsna/ Aparna Balan; Akshay Dewalkar/ Arun Vishnu.
Interestingly, Sai Praneeth even beat senior compatriot Guru Sai Dutt in the quarters and HS Prannoy in the semis. Verma survived a close battle from Pratul Joshi in the quarters. Praneeth has had some brilliant results lately — after his loss to Prannoy in the Bangalore final, he’s beaten him twice in succession — including the semis of the National juniors. He seems to be coming of age quickly.
Atul, Senior Ranking: