Karnataka State Ranking Badminton Tournament: Archana Pai moves into Girl’s Singles U15 final
Archana Pai, who is one of the most dedicated and talented shuttlers in the junior category in India, proved her mettle as she secured her berth in Girl’s Singles U15 final after showing exit to her lower ranked challenger Mernaz Irani in the semi-final showdown at Belgaum 3 Star Karnataka State Ranking Badminton Tournament on Monday, September 3, in India.
The impressive Archana, who was the second seed in Girl’s Singles U15 main draw in the tournament, played to her maximum potential and remained successful in beating her lower ranked team-mate in a lopsided fashion.
The second seeded Archana remained in commanding position throughout the battle as she played attacking badminton all the way to finish off the match in two sets with a huge margin on the score board.
The 14th seed Mernaz, on the other hand, failed to show up a strong performance against her aggressive opponent as she was not up to the mark with the pace of rallies. She could not continue her winning run and knelt down against the mighty Archana without creating any problem for her.
The in-form Archana played to her maximum potential and remained successful in taking an early lead by playing positive and aggressive badminton.
The second seeded Indian shuttler was at her best as she played with confidence and controlled her shots quite impressively. She remained ahead on score board until the mid-game break in the opening set.
After the one-minute interval, the lower ranked Mernaz tried to play aggressive game but failed to shake the rhythm of her opponent.
On the other hand, Archana easily wrapped up the opening set with a remarkable 21-13 score on the board.
The second game was almost identical when Archana again showed urgency in setting up an early lead as she played fast and positive badminton.
Until the mid-game interval, the higher ranked Archana was going far ahead on score board.
After the break, Archana remained calm and played positive and safe badminton which helped her to finish off the second game with a huge 21-13 score on the board.
The impressive Archana emerged as the winner in this straight-set semi-final showdown with a commanding margin of 21-13 and 21-13.