Purva Barve, Varun Kapur bag international titles at Li Ning-Israel Open

Shuttlers Purva Barve and Varun Kapur handed India double delight by winning their respective age group sections in the Li Ning-Israel Open 2017.

PTI March 26, 2017 21:36:19 IST
Purva Barve, Varun Kapur bag international titles at Li Ning-Israel Open

Mumbai: Shuttlers Purva Barve and Varun Kapur handed India double delight by winning their respective age group sections in the Li Ning-Israel Open 2017.

The tournament was held at the Sports Hall, Rishon LeZion in Israel.

Purva Barve Varun Kapur bag international titles at Li NingIsrael Open

Representative photo. AFP

Both Pune-based Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy (NKBA) cadets made short work of their rivals and won one-sided final encounters, a media release issued said on Sunday.

Ranked No. 70 in the world, Purva, the fourth-seed in the Under-19 Women's Singles, proved to be a runaway winner against the world No. 61 and third-seeded Lela Minadze (Russia) and signed off registering a 21-6, 21-4 scoreline in 18 minutes.

For the 16-year-old Pune-born lass, the title was her first junior title in an international competition, it added.

"Winning my first international title is like a dream come true," said Purva.

Meanwhile, in the Under-15 Boys Singles, top-seeded Varun emerged undefeated in the league cum knockout format in the 'Youth' segment.

In the final, Varun steamrolled England's Toby Dillingham 21-10, 21-2 to bag his second International title in as many participated. Earlier, in December 2016 Varun had bagged the Under-15 crown at the Cyprus International Open, it added.

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