Well… Last year around this time at Delhi we had our very own men and women’s Champions. Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal were fell short to defend their respective titles this year.
This edition of India open had quite a few upsets. Star players Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei bowed out during the initial stage of the tournament. Women’s doubles pair from Denmark Christiana Pedersen and her partner Kamillia lost in tough 3 game match to the eventual champions.
The regaining Destination Dubai masters winner Japanese Kento Momota was happy to clinch the men’s single title performing better than Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in the final. The score was 21-15, 21-18
Thai sensation Ratchanok Intanon won the title for the record 2nd time by out casting Chinese Li Xuerui. Ratchanok’s play was superb and yet simple. With great confidence and skills Ratchanok beat Xuerui in two straight but tough games in the women’s final.
It was Li Xuerui the former world number one and Olympic gold winner, who showed the way out to Saina Nehwal in the quarterfinal. It was brutal match for Saina. It was heart breaking to watch the match which lasted more than 80 minutes. Saina lost in a tough 3 games by 20-22, 21-17, 19-21.
Recent All England Women’s Champions from Japan Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi got hold of the title by beating their own country women Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao.
It was quite interesting to see that this Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi beat the Indonesian pair of Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari (she is my favorite doubles playerJ) by 18-21, 21-19, 21-23 in a hard fought semifinal match which lasted over 90 minutes.
Indonesian men’s doubles pair of Gideon Markus Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo clinched the title with easy win over pair from their own country. On their way to the championship they managed to beat the Chinese world number one pair Chai Biao and Hong Wei.
kai Lu and Huang Yaqiong of China managed to bag the mixed doubles title.
Overall, it was great event not dominated by single country.