National Games: Arundhati, Guru Sai win gold

Ranchi: Promising youngster Arundhati Pantawante and rising star Guru Sai Dutt clinched the singles titles as the badminton competition concluded at the 34th National Games on Monday. The Nagpur girl came from behind to oust Kerala’s PC Thulasi for the title.
In the men’s singles summit clash, Guru Sai of Andhra Pradesh recovered from a set down to defeat Karnataka’s Aditya Prakash.
Having ousted top seed and statemate Sayali Gokhale in the semifinals on Sunday, the 21-year-old Arundhati continued her fine run as she pipped Thulasi 14-21, 21-17, 21-15 in close encounter.
Her father an athletics coach and mother a former athlete, Arundhati’s first choice was 100m and 200m but soon she became addicted to badminton and she went on to join the Gopichand Academy, where she has been training for the last four years.
She came to prominence after making the final of the Nationals and in the Estonian Open.
In the men’s final, Guru Sai recovered quickly after losing the first set against an error-prone Aditya Prakash to win with 16-21, 21-10, 21-18.
“I know his play well. It was about keeping the line right and I was confident that I would wrap it up. Soon my game started working as I got the smashes right,” Guru Sai said.
The Andhra duo of Jyotshna Polavarapu and Nelakurthi Sikkireddy clinched the women’s doubles title beating Maharashtra’s Sampada Sahasrabuddhe and Pradnya 21-16, 21-18.
Alwin Francis and Arun Vishnu of Kerala beat Jishnu Sanyal and Akshay Dewalkar 21-12, 26-24 for the men’s title.


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Sometimes I wonder if I'm the Indian in Thoreau's Walden who makes cane baskets and is surprised nobody wants them. A. was talking about discipline when she said: "But Dev, if you want to move ahead in life, you'll have to be like that," and she may as well have defined everything else for me. I've played the low percentage game for too long to believe there's anything in it but the romance; the odds keep getting jacked up higher and higher; and you may be a good Idealist but a worse Fool.
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