Pune, August 29
On the heels of PV Sindhu and Sai Praneeth achieving grand success at the BWF World Championships 2019, India is gearing up to host the Yonex Sunrise India Junior International Grand Prix 2019, in memory of Sushant Chipalkatti here at the P E Society’s Modern PDMBA Sports Complex from August 29. The four-day tournament, which is also the only Grand Prix event to be played in India, will see India’s Junior World No. 9 Varun Kapur and Thailand’s Junior World No. 6 Benyapa Aimsaard heading the draws in the boys’ singles and girls’ singles sections respectively.
With handsome prize money of $15000 and Yonex Sunrise as the title sponsor, it will feature 249 participants from 8 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Uganda, Bangladesh, Nepal and an encouraging a number of Indian promise.
Kapur’s main challenger will be his compatriot, Meiraba Luwang, currently ranked 15th in boys’ singles, especially after succumbing to the Manipur shuttler in the final of the Russian Junior White Nights 2019 in July. In girls’ singles, the inclusion of the two rising Thai stars, Benyapa Aimsaard and Pornpicha Choeikeewong heightens the challenge for the other girls in the draw.
While Aimsaard captured the bronze at the Asian Junior Championships this year, Pornpicha, the fourth seed and Junior World No. 20, has been a consistent performer and made it to the final of the Mongolia Junior International Series in June.
India’s Smit Toshniwal, Tanya Hemanth and Treesa Jolly have occupied the sixth, seventh and eighth spots in the seedings in this category and will hope to ride on the vociferous home support to put up impressive performances.
In girls’ doubles, all eyes will be on the dominant fourth-seeded duo of Tanisha Crasto and Aditi Bhatt as they look to bring their imperious form from their twin-title winning run at the All India Junior Ranking tournaments held in Panchkula and Bangalore over the last couple of weeks.
Ishaan Bhatnagar and Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala made a brilliant run to the summit showdown at the Bulgaria Junior International recently only to fall at the last hurdle. The fourth-seeded boys’ doubles pair will look to make amends and taste glory at home.
Fifth seeds Navaneeth Bokka-Sahithi Bandi and eighth seeds Edwin Joy-Shruti Mishra will be the ones to watch in mixed doubles.
Hosted by the Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) & Poona District & Metropolitan Badminton Association (PDMBA) along with local organiser, Laxmi Krida Mandir Club, Pune, the prestigious junior tournament will hope for a homegrown champion a year after Aakarshi Kashyap triumphed in girls’ singles while the boys’ singles title went to Indonesia’s Ikhsan Leon Rumbay.
The tournament will be inaugurated today by Mr Annasaheb Natu, Sr. Vice President, PDMBA.
Pune, August 29