Anura makes history at sub-junior nationals


Anura Prabhudessai made history on Friday as she became the first Goan shuttler in 47 years to qualify for the semi-finals of a sub-junior badminton national tournament.
“Since the inception of the Goa Badminton Association (GBA) in 1965, no Goan player in the sub-junior category has managed to reach the semis at the nationals,” SAG badminton coach Vinayak Kamat told The Navhind Times over phone from Patna (Bihar) while breaking the news, adding: “Anura managed to reach semis but lost in the singles and doubles event, only to settle for a third spot, which was however commendable.”
In the singles category, Anura lost to Santoshi Hasini of Andhra Pradesh 17-21, 21-16, 18-21 in the semi-finals to claim third spot and in the doubles semis, she met the same fate while partnering Delhi’s Kuhoo Garg, losing 21-17, 21-18 to Karnikar Kanwar/Shreyansi Pardeshi. Vinayak disclosed that back in 1991, it was Goa’s Leena Pednekar who had last reached the semi-finals of a junior nationals. [NT]