HomeSportsBadmintonNantes International Challenge 2023: Ashwini & Tanisha Secure Maiden Women’s Doubles Title
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Nantes International Challenge 2023: Ashwini & Tanisha Secure Maiden Women’s Doubles Title

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Indian badminton duo, Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto, emerged victorious in their first-ever women’s doubles final at the Nantes International Challenge 2023. They defeated Hung En-Tzu and Lin Yu-Pei from Chinese Taipei in a commanding straight-game victory.

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The Indian pair showcased their skill and determination, clinching the match 21-15, 21-14 in just 31 minutes at the Salle Metropolitana de la Trocardaiare on a Sunday evening. Despite initially trailing 0-4, Ashwini and Tanisha rallied back to level the scores at 10-10, eventually taking the lead and winning the first game 21-15.

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In the second game, the Indian duo displayed even greater dominance. Breaking the tie at 3-3, they embarked on a remarkable seven-point winning streak. Their opponents were unable to bridge the gap as Ashwini and Tanisha sealed the game with a score of 21-14. This notable victory marks a significant milestone for the Indian pair, currently ranked 76th in the BWF Women’s Doubles rankings, while their opponents hold a ranking of 416.

However, India faced a setback in the mixed doubles final, as Tanisha Crasto and K. Sai Pratheek, who impressively advanced from the qualifiers to reach the summit clash, fell short against the Danish duo. The Danish pair secured a hard-fought victory, triumphing 21-14, 14-21, 17-21 in a match that lasted 51 minutes.

In the men’s singles category, India’s Sameer Verma faced defeat in the semifinals against France’s Arnaud Merkle. He lost in straight games 21-19, 21-16. Merkle went on to claim the championship title by defeating Indonesian qualifier Jason Christ Alexander 21-18, 21-16 in the final.

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Similarly, in the women’s singles semifinals, India’s Aditi Bhatt encountered a setback, being defeated by Liang Ting Yu from Chinese Taipei with a score of 21-19, 21-17.


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