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Indonesian pair capture crown.

INDONESIAN tandem Andrei Adistia and Christopher Rusdianto were last night crowned men's doubles champions in the Travelex-Western Union Bahrain International Challenge Badminton Tournament.

Adistia and Rusdianto registered the biggest upset of the competition by defeating top-ranked Indian pair and defending champions Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas in an entertaining three-game thriller that ended 14-21, 21-17, 21-13.

While Adistia and Rusdianto were the stars of the event's final day, four other titles were decided yesterday at the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS) Diamond Jubilee hall in Segaya.

Canadian top seeds Nicole Grether and Charmaine Reid lived up to their billing and won a second successive women's doubles trophy, while Valeriy Atrashchenkov and Anna Kobceva from Ukraine won the mixed doubles.

India's Sourabh Varma and Italy's Agnese Allegrini then capped things off by winning their respective singles titles.

Last night's five final matches marked the culmination of the prestigious five-day event, which saw a total of 75 contests take place.

Adistia and Rusdianto did well to fight back against their renowned rivals, who are ranked 28th in the world.

On the distaff, Grether and Reid ensured that there would be no upsets in the women's doubles as they outclassed the Indian pair of Aparna Balan and K Siki Reddy 21-10, 21-19 to secure their back-to-back crown.

In the mixed doubles, Atrashchenkov and Kobceva, the second seeds, managed to get the better of their top-ranked rivals Antony Dumartheray and Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland in a hotly contested affair that went the maximum. Atrashchenkov and Kobceva eventually won 21-19,15-21, 22-20.

Jaquet then featured once more in the women's singles final, and she once again came close to a victory but was outdone by an inspired Allegrini. The newly crowned champion rallied after losing the first game to claim their meeting 14-21, 21-14, 21-17.

Varma followed suit by securing the men's trophy. The sixth seed overcome the highly favoured talents of countryman H S Prannoy, who was on a roll in the competition. Varma sealed his championship 25-23, 21-12.

As part of the final day's closing formalities, the tournament souvenir was released by Bahrain Badminton and Squash Federation (BBSF) memnber Ebrahim Kamal. Prizes were distributed by representatives of sponsors and other dignitaries.

Title sponsor: Travelex-Western Union

Major sponsor: Gulf Air

Main sponsors: Chevron Bahrain, Bahrain Saudi Bank, BMMI, HTL, Berger Paints and IPS Trade Middle East.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Nov 13, 2011
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