Panaji, Dec 10 (UNI) Anura Prabhu Desai of Goa, who is the Brand ambassador of Geno Pharmaceuticals Ltd and plays for Airports Authority of India (AAI), won a Gold and a Silver at the All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2017 at Sikkim on Saturday.
In Women’s singles Anura, the top seed, defeated Shruti Mundada 21-13, 21-17 in the semi finals. In the finals, she brought down Maharashtra’s Vaishnavi Bhale [5] 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 in a thrilling match.

In women’s Doubles, Anura and Vasinavi, who were seeded 3, teamed up and looked all set to clinch the title after winning the first set, but fell short of closing it out, losing 21-18, 17-21, 17-21 to 4th seeds Dhanya Nair and Ashna Roy.

Earlier, Anura / Vaishnavi had knocked out the top seeded pair of Agna Anto and Sneha Santhilal 21-17, 21-14 in the semi finals.

Meanwhile, Goa Badminton Association in a message said Anura had been setting herself various goals and winning a Gold in Singles, which had eluded her in the past was one of them.

”For Anura, who has made Goa proud by attaining India number 1 ranking in both singles and doubles, this is another feather in her cap and yet another glorious moment in excellence in our Badminton history, being the first time a Goan has won a Gold medal in Senior Women’s singles in the National Ranking circuit. Hearty congratulations to Anura on achieving this wonderful feat,” a statement from the association said.

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