National Badminton Ch'ship: Kashyap, Sayali Clinch Title
India's top male shuttler Parupalli Kashyap notched up his maiden national title, while 2008 winner Sayali Gokhale stunned defending champion P V Sindhu to clinch the crown for the second time in the women's singles at the 77th Senior National Badminton Championship here today.

London Olympics quarter-finalist Kashyap, who had reached the finals in the 2011 Nationals in Rohtak, prevailed over Ajay 21-18 21-17 in a 45-minute battle to burst into jubilation.

He was also the semifinalist at the 2009 Nationals.

However, for 17-year-old Sindhu the competition ended on a disappointing note as Sayali played a better game to walk away with a 21-15 15-21 21-15 win and regain her title, which she had won in 2008.

Doubles specialist Aparna Balan notched up two titles, winning the mixed doubles and women's doubles title, along with Arun Vishnu and Siki Reddy, respectively.

Aparna first combined with Arun to see off Ashwini Ponnappa and Tarun Kona 21-13 18-21, then paired up with Siki Reddy to brush off second seeds Varsha Belawadi and G M Nischitha 21-11 21-13 to win the women's doubles title.

In the men's doubles competition, young shuttlers Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy B notched up their maiden national title, beating third seeds Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra 10-21 21-14 21-12 in a 40-minute match.

World number 20, Kashyap lead the first game 11-9 at the break and even though Ajay clawed back a couple of times, the Hyderabadi pocketed the game.

In the second game, Ajay was 10-8 up at one stage but Kashyap reeled off three points to move into the breather at 11-10. Slowly and steadily he once again widened the gap to move to the match point at 20-16. Ajay saved one match point, before Kashyap shut the door on him with a smash.
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