Guwahati shuttler clinches gold in Dubai International Challenge

Guwahati, November 19: Guwahati shuttler Ashmita Chaliha clinches gold for India in the Dubai International Challenge by beating sixth seed Jeon Jui of Korea 21-19, 21-15 in the finals held at NAS Sports Complex in Dubai last Sunday.

This was the first international tournament for the 19-year-old Chaliha participated in on the senior circuit, apart from the Asian Games earlier this year. She represented India in the Asian Games mixed-team event. She had won one of the two selection tournaments organised by the Badminton Association of India for the Asian Games.

In yesterday’s final, Chaliha got off to a good start and took an early lead of 7-2 in the first game, before the Korean fought back to level it at 9-9. Chaliha again managed to open up a slender lead of 16-13 but Jui again pulled her back. The scores were tied 19-19 in the first game before the Indian managed to win two consecutive points to take the lead in the match.

The second game was again tight till 13-13, before Chaliha managed to pull away and win it 21-15 to seal the gold. The 19-year-old will now play in the Tata Open India International Challenge later this month in Mumbai.