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Blockbuster Sunday: Indian players shine in Billiards and Badminton

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Indians shuttler shone in three different countries- Myanmar, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. Sourabh Verma, Kaushal Dharmamer and the junior mixed and women’s doubles of Rasnim Mir and Ayan Rashid and Aditi Bhatt and Tanisha Crasto sealed easy victories in the finals of the Vietnam Open, Myanmar International Series, and Dubai Junior International Series in badminton respectively.

As if that wasn’t enough, Pankaj Advani extended his title winning-streak to 22 with a win at the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) Championship here in Myanmar. This proved to be Advani’s fourth straight title at the IBSF Championships. At the age of 34, Advani has been consistently bringing home a world trophy a year since 2014. Altogether, the country won the top place in five events on Sunday.

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Sourabh Verma clinches Vietnam Open Super 100

Sourabh Verma, who is ranked 38 in Men’s Singles, was victorious against a familiar foe in Chinese Sun Fei Xiang. He won by 21-12, 17-21, 21-14 at the Vietnam Open Super 100 finals in Ho Chi Minh city.

The 26-year-old shuttler is a three-time national champion. He has won the 2018 Dutch Open as well as the 2018 Russia Open. However, the victory in Vietnam marks Verma’s 2nd international trophy this year. He won the Hyderabad Open in August and the Slovenian International back in May.

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In another fellow south-east Asian country, Kaushal Dharmamer ranked 187 in the world in men’s singles, defeated Indonesia’s 254-ranked Karono Karono by 18-21, 21-14, 21-11 to clinch the Myanmar International Series. Dharmamer, 23, had bagged the Hatzor International back in October in 2018.

Elsewhere in the Middle-east at the Dubai Junior International Series, both the boy’s and girl’s squads clinched gold medals each. Ayan Rashid and Rasnim Mir, 14 each, were on target in the boy’s category,  winning against Galuh and Zainaba of Indonesia and Zainaba in sets of 21-16, 22-24, 21-19.

In the girl’s category, on the other hand, Tanisha Crasto and Aditi Bhatt, both 16 as well as the No.1 seeded WD pair, defeated Treesa Jolly and Varshini 21-17, 21-17 to lift the title.

18-year-old Lakshya Sen had won against Denmark’s Viktor Svendson in the Men’s Singles at the Belgian International by 21-14, 21-15.

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This was another dominating show by India’s shuttlers. Earlier this year, PV Sindhu became a world champion after beating Nozomi Okuhara to become the first Indian to win gold at the prestigious BWF World Championships.

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