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India player is champion in Mombasa

Monday April 25 2005


Abhin Shyam Gupta of India upset favourite Aimer Ghaffer of England to win the men's singles title in the 2005 Kenya international badminton championship at Aga Khan Club, Mombasa yesterday.

Gupta, ranked 53rd in the world, won 15-6, 15-11 against Ghaffer, ranked 38th in the tense final.

Gupta started off well with two quick points, but Ghaffer soon caught up with him at 3-3.

Ghaffer used wide shots to avoid the drop shots from Gupta, but he was soon four points behind.

Gupta won the first set 15-6, to the delight of the big crowed at the venue.

In the second set, the match swung Ghaffer's way, with the Englishman taking an early 2-0 lead.

Gupta, however, regained his composure to erase Ghaffer's 7-0 lead.

The match evened out to 8-7, in Ghaffer's favour, 8-8 and 9-9.

Gupta, however, piled up six quick points to end the match at 15-11 and avoid the third set that looked likely.

In the women's final, Trupti Murgunde of India won the title after beating Amrita Sawaram of Mauritius 11-0, 11-1.

The one-sided match saw Murgunde have an easy time in making clear drop shots from the net that Sawaram could not follow.

Murgunde was mean, ending the first set at 15-0.

In the second set, Sawaram tried to change her game plan, but could not fight off the highly experienced Murgunde, ranked 91st in the world.

Sawaram managed to get a point in the second set after a long struggle.

Mauritius' Shaman Aboobaker and Amrita Sawaram were awarded a walk-over in the women's double final after their opponents, Fiona Nakalema and Fiona Ssozi of Uganda, travelled back home early.

Jan Vondra and Jan Frohlich of the Czech Republic won the men’s doubles title after beating the South African brothers Chris Dednam and Roeld Dednam 15-11, 15-04

The Dednam brothers played it safe in the first set, and managed to go all the way to 11 points.

Vondra played the winning shots with Frohlich guarding the drop shots. In the second set, the Dednam brothers were overpowered, with by the Czech players stretching their lead to 11-04.

During the semi-finals, Vondra and Frohlich beat Beeharry Stephen and Clarisse Eduoardo of Mauritius 15-2, 12-15, 15-8, while the Dednam brothers defeated Edwin Ekiring and Abraham Wogute of Uganda.