India Open Grand Prix Gold: Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao bag Women’s Doubles crown – Badminton news
Singapore’s talented shuttlers, Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao, have ended current year in an impressive way as they have bagged Women’s Doubles crown at the 2011 Syed Modi Memorial India Open Grand Prix Gold, which ended on Sunday, December 25, at Lucknow,
India. In the title match, the Singaporeans crushed their higher ranked opponents, Maeda Miyuki and Satoko Suetsuna of Japan.
Mulia Sari and Yao have been placed at 15th spot in the Women’s Doubles world standings. They were un-seeded in the India Open but delivered phenomenal performance and defeated the top seeds of the tournament and World Number Five shuttler, Miyuki
and Satoko, in the final contest.
Singaporean ladies took 48 minutes to stamp their supremacy over their higher ranked challengers and won the title in a remarkable way. With this victory, Mulia Sari and Yao are ahead of the Japanese duo by a 2-0 margin in their two head-to-head meetings.
The first game of the title match was thrilling in the opening half when both sides played fast badminton. However, Mulia Sari and Yao dominated the game in the concluding part and won the set with a good score. They remained ahead of their Japanese rivals
in the second set and took it with a decent difference.
The opening set progressed with an equal speed as both sides remained neck-to-neck until the score reached at 8-8. The higher ranked Japanese pair started to build a gap and reached at 12-8 when Mulia Sari and Yao geared up their speed in all areas of the
court and levelled the score at 14-14.
Miyuki and Satoko failed to execute defensive strokes effectively in the second half of the set and remained trailing behind. The Singaporeans continued their positive play in the game and remained successful in taking the opening set with a four-point difference
In the following set, Mulia Sari and Yao remained slightly ahead of their higher ranked rivals throughout the game. The top seeded Japanese players tried to change their tactics but failed as Mulia Sari and Yao did not spare any chance for them to dominate
Mulia Sari and Yao played with precision and finished the second game with a decent score of 21-18. This title match ended in straight games with a margin of 21-17 and 21-18.