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first_img Next India Today Web Desk GuwahatiFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 23:41 IST Lakshya Sen-led Airports Authority of India won the Inter State-Inter Zonal Championships for the 7th time. (BAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLakshya Sen beat Shubhankar Dey in men’s singles final in 55 minutesAakarshi Kashyap notched up a 21-12, 21-14 win over Anura PrabhudesaiShriyanshi Pardeshi-Shlok Ramchandran got AAI the final victory in the finalAsian Junior Champion Lakshya Sen along with the mixed doubles pair of Shlok Ramchandran and Shriyanshi Pardeshi put up a brilliant show to guide the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to a narrow 3-2 victory over the Railways in a thrilling final of the 74th Inter State-Inter Zonal Badminton Championships at Guwahati on Monday. This is the seventh time that the AAI has conquered the title.The 17-year-old Sen battled for 55 minutes before he could subdue Subhankar Dey 21-17, 21-17 in the men’s singles clash to start off AAI’s challenge with a bang. In a face-off between two rising women’s singles stars of the country, Aakarshi Kashyap notched up a sublime 21-12, 21-14 win over the Railways’s Anura Prabhudesai to send the AAI 2-0 up.Just when it looked like AAI were cruising away to victory, Railways put up an incredible fightback. The men’s doubles pair of Kabir Kanzarkar and Hemanagendra Babu held their nerves to eke out a tight 21-18, 17-21, 21-18 win over Shlok Ramchandran and Chirag Sen.In women’s doubles, Riya Mookerjee and Anura Prabhudesai rose to the occasion with a commanding 21-8, 21-8 triumph over Pardeshi and Sneha Santhilal.Pardeshi soon managed to brush aside that setback and joined forces with Ramchandran to get a 21-9, 17-21, 21-8 win over Kanika Kanwal and Akshay Raut and fetch the vital deciding point for the [email protected]_Official crowned champions for the 7 timeS.Pardeshi/S.Ramchandran of @AAI_Official wins the decisive match in a nail biting encounter 21-9;17-21;21-8 to eclipse K.Kanwal/A.Raut of @RailMinIndia and lift the 74th Yonex-Sunrise Inter State Zonals title #IndiaontheRise Media (@BAI_Media) February 11, 2019The winners were awarded prize money of INR 3.5 lakhs and the runners-up INR 2.5 lakhs. The third and the fourth-placed teams get INR 2 lakh each for their performance at the [email protected]_sen with yet another flawless performance as he gives @AAI_Official the early lead in the summit clash after outclassing @RailMinIndia’s @dey588subhankar 21-17,21-17Check the highlights and some of the key moments from the match. #IndiaontheRise #SeniorNationals2019 Media (@BAI_Media) February 11, 2019SEEDS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SENIOR NATIONALSWith the Inter-Zonal competition having reached its conclusion, the Yonex Sunrise 83rd Senior Nationals will get underway on February 12, the opening ceremony of which was held on Monday and was attended by the top shuttlers representing every state.The Yonex-Sunrise 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships 2018-19 will witness the country’s biggest domestic badminton event making its return to the North-East after a gap of nine years. The top eight singles players will be placed directly in the pre-quarter-finals while the top four teams in the doubles will similarly start their campaign from the quarter-finals.The BWF World Rankings as on January 18 is the major criterion for the seedings. All the top 50 shuttlers have got direct entries and BAI Rankings have been considered for players who have filled up the empty slots.PSPB will be led by the top three seeds in men’s singles — 2015 champion Sameer Verma, 2014 winner Sai Praneeth and 2012 winner Parupalli Kashyap. Subhankar Dey of the Railways is the fourth seed, UP’s Ansal Yadav is the fifth seed, AAI’s Chirag Sen is the sixth seed. Uttarakhand’s Bodhit Joshi and Haryana’s Kartik Jindal round off the men’s singles seedings.Andhra Pradesh’s PV Sindhu, champion in 2011 and 2013 as well as the runner-up in the last edition, is the top seed in women’s singles. Defending champion Saina Nehwal will be the only seed representing PSPB as she eyes a fourth Nationals title.AAI’s Shriyanshi Pardeshi is the third seed, followed by Ashmita Chaliha of Assam, Kanika Kanwal and Anura Prabhudesai, both of the Railways. Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka belonging to Andhra is the seventh seed while AAI’s Aakarshi Kashyap is the eighth.Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran have received the top billing in men’s doubles and are followed by the pairs of Anjan Buragohain-Ranjan Buragohain, Krishna Prasad Garaga-Dhruv Kapila and Prakash Raj-Vaibhaav.Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram are the women’s doubles top seeds while Ashna Roy and Karishma Wadkar are the second seeds. The pairs of Aparna Balan-Sruthi KP and Agna Anto-Sneha Santhilal are the third and the fourth seeds respectively.The mixed doubles draw is headed by the World No. 46 combine of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg. Saurabh Sharma-Anoushka Parikh, Dhruv Kapila-Meghana Jakkampudi and Vighnesh Devlekar-Harika V are the next three seeds.Results:Airport Authority of India (AAI) bt Railways-3:2MS: Lakshya Sen (AAI) def Subhankar Dey (Railways) 21-17, 21-17advertisementWS: Aakarshi Kashyap (AAI) def Anura Prabhudesai (Railways) 21-12, 21-14MD: Kabir Kanzarkar/Hemanagendra Babu (Railways) def Shlok Ramchandran/Chirag Sen (AAI) 21-18, 17-21, 21-18WD: Riya Mookerjee/Anura Prabhudesai (Railways) def Shriyanshi Pardeshi/Sneha Santhilal (AAI) 21-8, 21-8XD: Shriyanshi Pardeshi/Shlok Ramchandran (AAI) def Kanika Kanwal/Akshay Raut (Railways) 21-9, 17-21, 21-8For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Lakshya SenFollow Aakarshi KashyapFollow Shriyanshi PardeshiFollow Shlok RamchandranFollow Inter State-Inter Zonal Badminton ChampionshipsFollow PV SindhuFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli KashyapFollow Sai PraneethFollow Sameer VermaFollow national championships Lakshya Sen, Ramchandran-Pardeshi guide AAI to Inter State-Inter Zonal Championships titleLakshya Sen won the men’s singles, Aakarshi Kashyap won women’s singles while Shriyanshi Pardeshi and Shlok Ramchandran won mixed doubles as Airports Authority of India won the Inter State-Inter Zonal Championships.advertisementlast_img read more