Karunaratre, Saili win Uganda International Badminton Open titles

2013-02-25 00:55:59 GMT2013-02-25 08:55:59(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KAMPALA, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's Dinuka Karunaratre and Rane Saili from India are the 2013 Uganda International Badminton Open Championships winners of the men's and women's singles respectively.

The tournament that climaxed on Sunday at the MTN Arena, Lugogo saw Dinuka, brother to last year's winner Niluka beat India's Dey Subhankar 21-16, 21-17 in a game that lasted 34 minutes. Subhankar took the lead in the two games, but Dinuka's good game reading and clever net play was enough to win him the title.

"This is a great win because we are making sure this title goes to Sri Lanka again after my brother won it last year. I have liked the tournament because it has been very competitive and beating an Indian in the tournament is even so sweet because they are a big badminton playing nation in Asia," a happy Karunaratre told Xinhua News after the tough game.

To reach the final, Subhankar beat Italy's Daniel Messersi, while Karunaratre humbled another Italian player Giovanni Greco.

In the women's final Saili saw off Egypt's Hosny Hadia 21-12, 21-12 in a one sided final. Hadia, Africa's second best player said she faced a strong player, but she was happy to reach the final and get world ranking points.

The pair of Greco and Messersi got a consolation win in the men's doubles after seeing off the Egyptian pair of El Sayad and Ahmed Kashkal 21-18, 21-18.

Africa's best female player Gabriel Grace from Nigeria combined well with Aboobakar Shama (Mauritius) to stop the Ugandan pair of Shamim Bangi and Magareat Nankabirwa in the women's doubles final 21-13, 18-21, 21-12 in a game that kept the local home supporters on their toes.

"We are happy to reach the final although we did not win," said Bangi who also reached the semis of the women's singles.

It was an all Egyptian final in the mixed doubles when El Sayad and Ashraf Nadine beat Hosny Nadia and Ahmed Kashkal 14-21, 21-15, 21-19.

The tournament sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) attracted players from Nigeria, Germany, Hungary, Scotland, Italy, India, Mauritius, Egypt, Kenya and hosts Uganda.

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