Pratul Joshi wins maiden title at Bahrain International Challenge

Young Indian shuttler Pratul Joshi clinched his maiden international title by notching up a hard-fought win over Aditya Joshi in the finals of the $17,500 Bahrain International Challengebadminton tournament at Segayya in Bahrain.

In a fiercely fought battle between siblings, it was 22-year-old Pratul who emerged as the winner after he prevailed 21-17, 12-21, 21-15 over Aditya in the summit clash which lasted for an hour on Sunday. In the semifinals, Pratul, seeded third, had beaten compatriot Siddharth Thakur 21-16, 22-20, while fourth seed Aditya stunned top seed Anand Pawar 21-19, 21-7.

There were other Indians who had reached the finals in men’s and women’s doubles. Top seed Vighnesh Devlekar and Rohan Kapoorlost 18-21 17-21 to second seeded Russian pair of Evgenij Dremin and Denis Grachev in men’s doubles, while Farha Mather and Ashna Roy suffered a 12-21, 18-21 defeat at the hands of Bahrain’s Tanisha Crasto and Aprilsasi Lejarsar Variella of Indonesia in the women’s doubles finals.

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