Sunday, January 16, 2011

Arundhati Pantawane

Arundhati Pantawane is one the best upcoming badminton players from India. She currently plays professional club badminton for the Taby club, at Stockholm, Sweden. She is the first out-station ward of the Pullela Gopichand Badminton academy.

Arundhati Pantawane

Arundhati is currently ranked at No.169 in the world as per the latest badminton world rankings (As on 14-Jun-2011).
She has recently come up with terrific performances reaching the finals of the National Championships & the Estonian Open, winning the gold medal at the National Games held at Ranchi this year, and reaching the semi-finals of the Polish Open.
[Update: This sterling performance in the Nationals catapulted Arundhati Pantawane to No.1 position in the Indian rankings released by the BAI in Jan-2011 (albeit this came with reasons: Saina Nehwal has stopped playing domestic badminton, and Aditi also did not play enough tournaments)].

Nevertheless this still means a lot & provided Arundhati plays sufficient international tournaments and in the same winning style, then she should move up a lot in the international rankings also. She is well known in badminton circles for her attacking style of badminton.

Arundhati Pantawane Fact File:

Arundhati's Birth Date: 2-Sep-1989
She studied at: L.A.D. College, Nagpur
Arundhati Pantawane is from: Nagpur, India.
Currently staying at: Stockholm, Sweden, playing professional club badminton.

Arundhati Pantawane - Notable Achievements:

Jul-2010:
Arundhati was the Finalist at the Bengaluru ranking tournament, on the Indian National Badminton Circuit:

Aug-2010:
Arundhati Pantawane won the senior ranking tournament in Rae Bareilly, on India's National Badminton Circuit:
Jan-2011:
Arundhati Pantawane emerges Runners-up at Indian National Badminton Championship:

Arundhati Pantawane emerged as a surprise Runner-up at the National Badminton Championship at Rohtak, Haryana held in Jan this year. She had entered the tournament as a qualifier, and made her way all through to the finals of the tournament defeating defending national champion Trupti Murgunde, on her way.
In an exciting final match, Aditi Mutatkar finally managed to end her dream run, and Arundhati had to be satisfied being the runner-up. However Arundhati Pantawane nevertheless did leave a lasting impression on badminton fans in India with her solid performance in the Nationals.

Arundhati wins Silver Medal at the Estonian Open:

Arundhati Pantawane then followed up this dream run, with a Silver Medal at the Estonian Open International Badminton tournament in Tallinn, Estonia. There also she started the tournament as a qualifier & not only did she win the qualifying rounds with ease, but marched on to the finals of the tournament with power-packed performances. Arundhati's run at the Estonian Open finally ended, when Michelle Chan, New Zealand's No.1 player, ranked 95 in the world, defeated her 21-16, 21-19.
This was Arundhati's first ever medal at a senior International event.

Feb-2011:
Arundhati Pantawane wins Gold Medal at National Games badminton, Ranchi:

Arundhati Pantawane won the Gold Medal at the women's singles badminton event at the National Games of India that was held at Ranchi in Jharkhand. She defeated P.C.Thulasi of Kerala in the finals.

Mar-2011:
Arundhati stuns fancied players to reach the Semi-Finals of Polish Open-2011:

Arundhati Pantawane again started as a qualifier at the Polish Open-2011 and came up with inspiring performances to reach the semi-finals of the tournament, defeating the world. no.34 & the world no.64 on her way to the semi-finals.

Related Article:

An Interview with Arundhati Pantawane


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