Malvika claims maiden title at Maldives International

The unseeded Indian shocked Thet Htar Thuzar 21-13 21-11 in a 31-minute summit clash.

Malavika Bansod defeated top seed Thet Htar Thuzar to win her maiden title in Maldives.   -  Getty Images

Young Indian shuttler Malvika Bansod has claimed her maiden title at the Maldives International Future Series with a stunning straight-game win over top seed Thet Htar Thuzar of Myanmar in women’s singles here.

The unseeded Indian, who turned 18 recently, shocked Thet Htar Thuzar 21-13 21-11 in a 31-minute summit clash here on Sunday.

Among other Indians, top seeded Kevin Arokia Walter settled for a runners-up finish after going down 13-21 14-21 to second seeded Thai Kantawat Leelavechabutr in men’s singles competition.

Indian pair of Vaibhaav and Prakash Raj, seeded second, also claimed the men’s doubles title after beating Thailand’s Pakkapon Teeraratsakul and Panitchaphon Teeraratsakul 21-16 21-15 in just 26 minutes.

Support Sportstar


Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.

  Dugout videos