Ashutosh Pednekar and Leena Pednekar have been undisputed champions in Goa throughout their prime within the late eighties and nineties, and so they confirmed glimpses of the expertise that made them a family title.
Whereas Leena had little problem in overcoming Pooja Mehta 21-16, 21-13 to win the ladies’s over 40 singles crown, Ashutosh teamed up with Naheed Divecha to quell the problem of Shalini Shetty and Sanjay Moolur Raghav of Karnataka 21-18, 21-19 to emerge champions within the over 45 combined doubles class.
“It was a surreal expertise to win nationwide titles for each of us. Although, we gained a combined doubles title in a Maharashtra state championship a few years in the past, this achievement ranks on prime. What makes it particular is the truth that we gained it in Goa, the place it began,” mentioned Leena.
Ashutosh, a commander and joint secretary of Navy Sports activities Management Board, was the guiding drive behind his sister’s triumph.
“He’s an allrounder. I don’t suppose I may have executed this with out his assist. It was additionally good to see him profitable a title too,” mentioned Leena, who famously defeated nine-time nationwide champion Aparna Popat in 1991.
Ashutosh has his personal success story. Twenty-four years in the past when he final performed in Goa, he had walked away with the title. As he took to the courtroom once more, that profitable contact didn’t elude him.
“I wish to thank our coach Roshan Lal Nahar. He taught us the nuances of badminton and now we’re champions solely due to him,” mentioned Ashutosh, the 47-year-old former state champion.
If Leena was the dominant participant in her class, Ashutosh was the engine of the combined doubles triumph. After profitable the primary sport, the eventual champions have been trailing 17-19 and Shetty and Raghav have been threatening to take the match into the decider because the Karnataka pair had momentum going their method.
That’s when Ashutosh turned the tables. He left their opponents gasping for breath by unleashing killing smashes and intelligent drop photographs. The highest-seeds gained 4 factors in a row to grab victory.
Ashutosh credit his dad and mom for cultivating a sports activities tradition within the household. His father, Avinash, a former principal at Authorities Polytechnic, Panaji and mom Vasanti, have been avid badminton gamers.
“My dad and mom all the time inspired us to play. Now, my son Akash, although a first-year engineering pupil, is a racketlon participant and accompanied me to a match too,” mentioned Ashutosh, a medallist on the 2018 World Racketlon Championship in Zurich.