December 03, 2017

Sitthikom Thammasin and Gadde Ruthvika Shivani win the Men's and Women's Singles title at the 10th edition of Tata Open India International Challenge 2017

Riya Mukherjee and Lakshya Sen won the second spot in the women’s and men’s singles, respectively

Mumbai: The 10th edition of Tata Open India International Challenge (Tata Open), which marked a milestone year of nurturing budding badminton talent in the country, concluded today at the Cricket Club of India (CCI), Mumbai. Sitthikom Thammasin from Thailand won the Men’s Singles title, defeating Lakshya Sen from India. Gadde Ruthvika Shivani from India won the Women’s Singles title, trouncing Riya Mukherjee from India. Each of the winners took home a prize money of USD1,500.

Gadde Ruthvika Shivani clinched the Women's Singles title beating Riya Mukherjee in straight sets

Following are the results of Tata Open 2017 finale:

  • Men’s Singles: Sitthikom Thammasin (THA) beat [6] Lakshya Sen (IND) (15-21 21-14 21-19)
  • Women’s Singles: [8] Gadde Ruthvika Shivani beat Riya Mukherjee (IND) (21-12 23-21)
  • Men’s Doubles: Maneepong Jongjit and Nanthakarn Yordphaisong (THA) beat Aaron Chia and Wooi Yik Soh (MAS) (21-6 21-9)
  • Women’s Doubles: [2] Ng Tsz Yau and Yeung Nga Ting (HNG) beat Ng Wing Yung and Yuen Sin Ying (HNG) (23-25 21-14 21-19)
  • Mixed Doubles: Hee Chun Mak and Yeung Nga Ting (HNG) beat Chang Tak Ching and Ng Wing Yung (HNG) (21-11 17-21 21-18)

Winner of Women’s Singles title, Gadde Ruthvika Shivani, said, “This year’s Tata Open has been a great tournament for me as I am playing after a gap year. It feels great to have won against Riya, but the second set proved to be a turning point for me. The win at Tata Open will help me boost my ranking as I am preparing for the next tournaments.”

Winner of Men’s Singles title, Sitthikom Thammasin, said, “It feels great to be back with a win after a two-year hiatus due to injuries. I am thrilled to win the men’s singles title at Tata Open, especially since it was against Lakshya who is a great player and currently in superb form. We both fought for each and every point and the outcome is a result of patience and perseverance. Today’s win is a great boost for the coming days’ preparation.”

Speaking on the occasion, the tournament referee, Lui Wan from Malaysia, said, “It was my privilege to be the referee of a tournament of this stature. Tata Open has proved to be a true launch pad for the Asian badminton talent over past 10 years. This season has witnessed budding and some of the seasoned shuttlers coming together and showcasing top-notch performances. I am very impressed with their performances today, as they showcased a great future for Asian badminton.”

Sitthikom Thammasin from Thailand defeated Lakhsya Sen in an intense three set final to take home the Men's Singles title

Felicitating the winners, the chief guest for the evening Harish Bhat, brand custodian, Tata Sons, said, “It is a proud moment for all of us as we celebrate the 10th year of Tata Open, a platform that has played a pivotal role in nurturing young and promising talent and a platform for the next generation of badminton superstars. This championship has served as a stepping stone for badminton players in India and also in Asian countries, who have gone on to win various prestigious accolades at a global level. The growing popularity of the sport in the country is a testimony to the inspiration that these superstars have provided youngsters across the nation. I would like to congratulate all the winners and the participants as well as the organisers for successfully concluding this year’s international challenge.”

The 10th edition of Tata Open was held from November 29–December 3, 2017 at CCI, Mumbai. Launched in 2007, the annual tournament is one of the most awaited one in all Asian countries. This year, more than 200 players from eight countries participated in the championship.

Tata Open is organised by the Tata group and Tata Capital, in association with the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA). The competition is organised under the patronage of Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) and Badminton Association of India and is also sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the Badminton Asia Confederations (BAC). This year, the tournament carried a total prize money of USD20,000. It is a part of the international circuit of badminton tournaments that earns ranking points for players.

CCI, Mumbai, was the venue partner and hosted the tournament at its state-of-the-art air-conditioned badminton courts. Leading badminton equipment manufacturer Yonex was the official equipment supplier.