Miranda, Manjusha star as Maharashtra picks up rich haul

WORLD 60+ champion Hubert Miranda and Manjusha Sahasrabudhe of Maharashtra earned a deserving double as the host state took away the honours with 12 titles in the 37th Veterans National Badminton Championship, promoted by Evolution Sport, at the Bombay Gymkhana.

Top seed Sahasrabhude lived up to her reputation when she halted second seed Sukesha Saggi of Uttar Pradesh in the women's 50+ singles final and later teamed up with Rajashree Bhave to snatch the doubles crown. Sahasrabudhe fell short of adding a third title after finishing runner-up in the mixed doubles.

Top seed Miranda emphasized his reign when he beat F Kozima of Mizoram for the 60+ singles title and won the doubles crown with Shirish Nadkarni.

Harendra Kumar Singh of Maharashtra also helped himself to a double crown after winning the 65+ singles title where he upset his doubles partner and top seed Pradeep Sirkar. The duo later went on to win the doubles crown. Maharashtra's Gautam Ashra also won the 55+ doubles and mixed doubles, while the formidable doubles pair of Nisha Springett and Deanne Rodrigues won the 35+ title.

The other significant title winners were Vandana Deogirikar of Madhya Pradesh (55+), Suresh Hegde of Karnataka (70+), giant-killer Ram Lakhan of Punjab (50+), Sanjay Mishra of Chattisgarh (40+), C M Shashidhar of Andhra Pradesh (35+) and Sangeeta Rajgopalan of Chattisgarh who won the women's 45+ singles and doubles.

Dhobi Talao boys retain the YMCA Cup

Defending champions Dhobi Talao Young Boys were well served by Lordston Soreas in the attack and Robin Figueirdo in the defence as they outplayed Sebastin Boys 3-0 in the final of the 2nd Bombay YMCA Invitational football tournament, at MSSA ground, Azad Maidan, today. Thanks to their lethageric goalkeeper Sebastien, who waited for the ball to come to him, instead of anticipating the lob, gave Lordston a room as he virtually dived and headed the ball home just in front of the goalkeeper to give the holders the opening goal.

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