Indian shuttlers Varun Kapur and Malvika Bansod emerged champions at the 2021 Uganda International in Kampala on Monday.
The junior world No 2 Kapur registered a hard-fought 21-18, 16-21, 21-17 win over seventh seeded compatriot Sankar Muthusamy to lift his maiden senior international men’s singles title while second-seed Malvika had to work hard during her come-from-behind 17-21, 25-23, 21-10 victory against compatriot Anupama Upadhyaya in the women’s singles category.
The 17-year-old Kapur, who has been a consistent performer on the junior circuit and clinched his sixth title earlier this year, won the first game convincingly before losing the second. However, he looked in complete control in the decider and wrapped up the match comfortably in his favour.
Meanwhile in the women singles summit clash, Haryana girl Anupama started off well to take an early lead by winning the first game. However, the 19-year-old Malvika recovered well in time and was rewarded for her never give up attitude as the Nagpur girl worked hard to win the next two games as well as the gold medal.
Sankar and Anupama settled for silver medals in the four-day tournament which saw participation of athletes from India, Germany alongside African countries.