Graded International 1200

1 September, 2023

Maria Mitchell reached three finals during a busy weekend of action at the U17 Gold Manchester, in what was a busy August of domestic events. 

Mitchell was runner-up in the girls’ doubles but picked up mixed and singles golds in a successful individual campaign, one of a handful of players who won multiple titles at Gold level across the country.

There was also success for Grade H players at the 4 Nations Graded International, topping their group in Glasgow, with three other English teams in action at the meet.

Graded International

Four English teams from grades E-H were in Graded International action on 19 August.

In the event, run by Badminton Scotland, participants took part in a team event on the Saturday before a mixed doubles competition on the Sunday.

England H triumphed in their group, the highlight of the weekend from an English perspective.

Team H defeated both Wales and Ireland 4-1, and picked up a 5-0 win over hosts Scotland in their final tie of the weekend.

Among those in action was team captain Alex Lord, who won all three of her women’s doubles ties alongside Geethika Allanku in straight games.

She said: “I am very pleased we managed to win our group, it was great to see players dig deep and come together as a team.”

In Grade E action, England finished second, bouncing back from a 3-2 loss to eventual winners Wales with 4-1 victories over both Scotland and Ireland.

England E were captained by Bhavika Mistry, victorious in all of her mixed doubles rubbers alongside James Wong.

Mistry added: “I think the event was great and very well organised. It was a fantastic opportunity to give to other standards to play on behalf of England. It was also great to play in another team event, those are always fun and builds good relationships between the teams and across the sport.”

In the round robin format, England F finished in third place with a 1-2 record, beating Ireland 4-1 after defeats by the same scoreline to Wales and Scotland.

Finally, it was a second-place finish for England G in their competition, beating both Ireland and Scotland 3-2 before a 4-1 loss to Wales in what proved to be the decisive clash.

More information can be found here.

U13 Gold Hertfordshire

Mutiara Mandala and Leon Kiran both claimed two gold medals at the U13 Gold Hertfordshire event in Hatfield on 5th August.

Mandala and Michelle Chen won the girls’ doubles title with a 21-17 21-19 win against Chinmayi Kishor and Ananya Sanil, as Kiran and Phil Daniel prevailed 21-19 19-21 21-16 over Shevin Dias and Kevin Tao in the boys’ doubles event.

Kiran and Mandala had earlier in the day combined to seal the mixed doubles crown, seeing off Tao and Huen Hillary Au Yeung 21-18 20-22 21-11.

It may have been disappointing for Yeung in the mixed final but there was victory for her elsewhere, downing Abby Zyi En Gan 21-19 22-20 in one of the two girls’ singles finals.

Elsewhere, Carol Joy defeated Chen 21-17 22-20 in the second girls’ singles final, as Nikhil Pulikkottil and Samarth Parashar were triumphant in their respective boys’ singles events.

Pulikkottil beat Aaron Cherian 21-8 21-12, as Parashar claimed gold with a 21-11 21-17 triumph over Olaf Kwiecien.

A full rundown of results can be found here.

U15 Gold University of Manchester

Lilly Mae Wood won two gold medals at the U15 Gold competition held at the University of Manchester across 12-13 August.

Wood and Martha Franklin combined to win the girls’ doubles titles, overcoming Anushka Ambrose and Shraddha Gopalakrishnan 21-16 15-21 21-19 in a hard-fought final.

She was then up against a familiar face in the mixed final, joining forces with Joshua Tang to defeat Gopalakrishnan and Hubert Ceglinski 15-21 23-21 21-14 in another close contest.

George Clare and Moksha Pallapothu were triumphant in the boys’ doubles thanks to a 21-12 21-9 victory versus Tejas Singh and Oliver Wu, while Clare also defeated Singh in straight games to win one of the boys’ singles crowns up for grabs.

Anthony McEnally defeated Luke Parkinson 21-16 22-20 to win the second of the two boys’ singles competitions, while Wai Yee Ina Law and Ashleigh Mok triumphed in the two girls’ singles events.

Law ran out a 21-13 21-12 winner over Tamina Manabat, as Mok edged past Gopalakrishnan 14-21 21-9 21-14.

A full rundown of results can be found here.

U17 Gold Essex

Sumedh Reddy Chittamuru, Kayleigh Williams and Maria Mitchell all claimed multiple titles at the U17 Gold Essex competition in Ilford across 19-20 August.

The first duo joined forces to win the mixed doubles title, a 21-16 22-20 win against Aarav Sujith and Mitchell in the final.

Reddy Chittamuru also triumphed in the boys’ doubles alongside Ethan Fox, forcing their way past Jeff Ani Joseph and Samuel Pulikkottil in a mammoth battle that finished 29-27 18-21 21-16.

Then Williams partnered with Mitchell in the girls’ doubles, capturing the title by overcoming Mia Fox and Anna Stewart 21-16 21-16.

Mitchell also prevailed in one of the girls’ singles events, winning 16-21 21-8 21-15 over Ashleigh Mok, as Khushi Singh won 21-17 21-17 over Anoushka Shetty in the second final.

Meanwhile, the two boys’ singles titles up for grabs were won by Siddhanth Shirol and Aaren Sum, Shirol seeing off Joel Joby 21-17 22-20 and Sum edging past Oliver Wu 9-21 21-12 22-20.

A full rundown of results can be found here.

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