Sunday, February 13, 2011

Karishma Wadkar wins Girls under-16 title

Mumbai girl Karishma Wadkar overcame the challenge of her long-time nemesis, and top seed G. Ruthvika Shivani of Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh in a thrilling encounter to emerge the winner in the Shree Ganga Dham All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament, held at Haridwar-Feb-2011.

Karishma defeated Ruthvika 15-21 25-23 21-18 to win the Girls Singles Under-16 title.

Karishma had also recently defeated Ruthvika 13-21, 21-15, 24-22 in the finals of the National School Games badminton championships that was held at Balewadi in Pune in Jan-2011, and must have been high on confidence owing to that particular win.


Karishma was a semi-finalist in the Girls u-16 at the 24th National Sub-junior badminton championships held at Hyderabad in Nov-2010. Ruthvika had defeated Karishma 21-12, 22-20 in the semi-finals.

Winner of the Sub-Junior Girls Singles title at the Maharashtra Junior Inter-District & State Badminton Championships-2010 held at Latur. Karishma had defeated Revati Devasthale 21-10, 21-9 in the finals.

Karishma lost 15-21, 5-21 to P.V.Sindhu in the 2nd round of the 20th Smt.Krishna Khaitan All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament-2010 held at Chandigarh.

Karishma Wadkar was a Semi-finalist at the 10th RSC All India Junior Ranking Tournament, Ernakulam-2010. She lost to Maneesha K. 15-21 21-12 21-13 in the semi-final match.

Karishma had a dismal showing at the 9th UBI All India Junior Badminton tournament, Bangalore-2010 where she lost in the first round to Devika Ravindra 16-21 21-11 21-15.

G.Ruthvika Shivani defeated Karishma 17-21 21-13 21-14 in the second round of the All India Junior Major Ranking Badminton Tournament, Haridwar in 2010.

D.Sudha Kalyani defeated Karishma Wadkar 21-11 21-17 in the quarter-finals of the Sushant Chipalkati All India Junior Major Ranking Badminton Tournament, held at Pune-2010.

Rituparna Das beat Karishma Wadkar 21-11 22-24 21-9 at the All India Junior Major Ranking Badminton Tournament, at Nellore in Jan 2010.

Karishma Wadkar lost the Girls Singles u-13 finals of the 23rd Sub Junior National Badminton Championships-2009 at Jaipur, against G.Ruthvika Shivani. Ruthvika had won the match 21-13 21-16.

(Both Karishma & Ruthvika have now graduated to the Under-16 level, and the on-court rivalry continues between the two of them).

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