December 04, 2016

Soniia Cheah and Enzi Shafira emerge as winners at Tata Open India International Challenge 2016

Pardeshi Shreyanshi and Lim Chi Wing won the second spot in the women’s and men’s singles respectively

Mumbai: The 9th edition of Tata Open India International Challenge 2016 (Tata Open), concluded today after five days of spectacular show. Enzi Shafira from Indonesia emerged as the Men’s Singles champion defeating Lim Chi Wing from Malaysia in a gruelling duel. The Women’s Singles title was won by Soniia Cheah from Malaysia who defeated her rival Pardeshi Shreyanshi from India.

Following are the results of Tata Open 2016 finale:

Men’s Singles: Enzi Shafira (INA) defeated Lim Chi Wing (MAS) in 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 sets that lasted fifty-seven minutes.

Women’s Singles: Soniia Cheah (MAS) defeated Pardeshi Shreyanshi (IND) in four sets (11-3, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7) that lasted forty-five minutes.

Men’s Doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty from India defeated Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok from India in four sets (10-12; 11-9; 11-7; 11-5) which lasted thirty-five minutes.

Women’s Doubles: Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso and Serena Kani (INA) defeated Maretha Dea Giovani and Tania Oktaviani Kusumah (INA) in five sets (11-8, 8-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-7) that lasted forty-four minutes.

Mixed Doubles: Fachriza Abimanyu and Bunga Fitriani Romadhini (INA) defeated Vighnesh Devlekar and Kuhoo Garg (IND) in five sets (11-5, 12-10, 4-11, 6-11, 11-8) that lasted fifty-five minutes.

Winner of Women’s Singles title, Soniia Cheah said, “I am very happy and overjoyed with my win today. Especially so, as I have returned to the circuit after a hiatus of three years. I was nursing an ankle injury and have undergone surgeries four times. This is my second title after my comeback at the Belgium Open, which happened earlier this year. Both the wins have boosted my confidence to a great level.” She further added, “I was a little under the weather today, but the fact that I could overcome that and win the game, is a big boost for me.”

The Men’s Singles champion, Enzi Shafira said, “This is my maiden year at Tata Open and I am very happy to have won the title. It was a tough match and I am overjoyed with the win. This victory is for my family.”

Speaking on the occasion, the tournament referee, Tomoharu Sano from Japan, said, “I am honoured to be the referee at Tata Open India International Challenge 2016. A tournament of this level is only poised to grow and this season has witnessed some great youngsters. We saw some game-changing performances and the experience at this tournament is surely to augment the game of the young athletes. I wish them all the best for future."

Felicitating the winners, the chief guest for the evening Harish Bhat from Tata Sons, said, “Tata Open is an ideal platform for serious badminton players to exhibit their prowess in the international circuit as well as hone their skills and get ready for even bigger tournaments. At Tata, sports have always been an integral part of life and community, and it gives me immense pleasure to be present here today. I congratulate all the winners and the participants for putting up a great show.”

The 2016 edition of the Tata Open took place from November 30 – December 4, 2016 at The Cricket Club of India (CCI), Mumbai. Launched in 2008, the tournament has established itself as the most awaited event in the badminton circuit. This year, the tournament registered participation of more than two hundred players coming from 8 countries.

Tata Open is organised by the Tata group and Tata Capital, in association with the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA). The tournament 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 $17,500. It is a part of the international circuit of badminton tournaments that earns ranking points for players.

The Cricket Club of India (CCI) Mumbai was the venue partner, leading badminton equipment manufacturer Yonex was the official equipment supplier and the tournament was also being supported by Tata Hexa.