2017 Ukraine International: Nandagopal Grabs Twin Gold as Indians Win 2 Gold, 3 Silver

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Nandagopal became 2nd Indian to win two titles in same tournament of 2017 while Rohan Kapoor won second consecutive title of September 2017 as Ukraine International saw two all-Indian finals and three events with Indians in final as Indians increased its title win to 26 in the 2017 year. While in Women’s Singles Sai Krishna Priya finished Runners up, K Nandagopal grabbed two Gold medals winning Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles winning against other Indian teams. While Men’s Singles saw unseeded Mithun Manjunath reached semifinals, the top seeds from India were knocked out in Women’s Doubles Quarterfinals. Mahima Aggarwal and Rohan Kapoor were the partners of Nandagopal as they shocked top seeds of both the events to win the Gold in all-Indian finals. 2017 saw third instance in Mixed Doubles and 1st instance of Men’s Doubles where both the finalists were from India.

Road to Gold in Men’s Doubles: Unseeded Nandagopal / Rohan Kapoor

    Final: def Top seed Francis Alwin / Tarun Kona 18-21 24-22 21-18
    SF: Def Utkarsh Arora / Swarnaraj Bora 21-13 21-14
    QF: def Ukraine pair 21-13 21-13
    Round 2: def Ukraine pair 21-11 21-15
    Round 1: def Ukraine pair 21-5 21-9

Road to Gold in Mixed Doubles: 3rd seed Nandagopal / Mahima Aggarwal

    Final: def Top seeds Saurabh Sharma / Anoushka Parikh 21-14 21-15 in 30 minutes
    SF: def Denmark pair 21-18 21-15
    QF: def Tarun Kona / Sanjana Santosh 21-11 21-11
    Round 2: def Utkarsh Arora / Karishma Wadkar 13-21 21-19 23-21
    Round 1: Bye

Road to Runners up in Women’s Singles: 3rd seed Sai Krishna Priya Kudaravalli

    Final: lost to 7th seed Ukrainian 18-21 21-16 23-21
    SF: def 5th seed Mariya (Bulgaria) 6-21 21-12 21-14
    QF: def Alesia (Belarus) 22-20 21-15
    Round 2: def Zuzane (Czech Republic) 21-10 21-7
    Round 1: def Valeriya (Ukraine) 21-12 21-16

Men’s Singles: 4th seed Toby Penty (Denmark) def 3rd seed Cheuk (Hong Kong)
Unseeded Mithun Manjunath reached semifinals knocking out the 2nd seed Misha from Israel in Quarterfinals.

Women’s Doubles: 2nd seed German pair Johanna / Lara def unseeded Ukrainian pair
Top seed Indian pair of Meghana / Poorvisha S Ram lost in Quarterfinals against the Runners up Ukraining pair.

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