Jakka Vaishnavi Reddy on Sunday (Sept 24) won the Under-19 women’s singles title at the Yonex Belgian Junior Badminton Championship at Herstal, Belgium. She was up against top seed Vivien Sandorhazi in a three-game final which she won with a scoreline of 21-19, 17-21, 21-12. The match lasted 42-minutes at the Hall Omnisport La Prealle, reported News X.

The second-seeded 15-year-old player from Hyderabad showed the Badminton Association of India (BAI) where she stands in terms of ability. BAI has denied her a singles spot in the next month’s World Junior championships. At the Belgium championship, Reddy won against players from five countries.

This win promises her Number 10 spot in the World Junior rankings, two up from her previous position.

The Belgium Junior Badminton championship saw Reddy winning against players from five countries

The first match of the finals saw both players putting up a tough fight. Vaishnavi beat Vivien with two points. Then in the second game, both players were tied in a neck-to-neck game when Vivien took three points more at the latter part of the game. This situation brought both of them to a tie. But Vaishnavi clinched the decider with an all-out attack strategy, completely crushing Vivien.

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Vaishna had earlier won the semi-final against Jenjira Stadelmann from Switzerland with a score of 21-15, 22-20. She also beat players from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium in this championship.

Earlier, BAI had chosen Vaishnavi to pair with another singles player to play doubles at the World Junior Championship. This inspired her grandmother to write to the top authorities of the country for denying her  the singles spot in the next month’s World Junior championships.

In the past three months, Vaishnavi has won two international Under 19 singles titles. She also finished runners-up at two tournaments. Apart from that she also bagged a bronze medal at a Women’s Challenger event in Russia.

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