Principal Correspondent :
THE Uganda International Series held at Kampala helped Nagpur shuttler Malvika Bansod take a jumbo leap in the world badminton rankings. According to the latest rakings released by World Badminton Federation (BWF), the 19-year-old city shuttler has taken a career-best leap of 20 points on Wednesday. The big jump helped the southpaw to reach 130 in the latest ranking list. Before the Uganda International Series, Malvika was at 150th place. But the excellent title winning performance helped the shuttler move to 130th position. In the summit clash held last week, Malvika had registered an exciting come-from-behind title victory over compatriot Anupama Upadhyaya of Haryana. Malvika had surprisingly lost the opening game 17-21 but gathered her confidence immediately to take the next two games 25-23, 21-10 clinch the title in just over an hour.
The title win gave Malvika 2,500 points which took her overall tally to 13,460. The Uganda title victory was city shuttler's third women's singles crown in BWF organised tournaments. Malvika's first senior international title came in 2019 when she stunned all in her maiden appearance and won the Maldives International Future Series. She then wrapped up another crown at Annapurna Nepal International Series. The Uganda crown was Malvika's third international title. Malvika had expressed her happiness after winning the Uganda title.
“I am very glad to win the Uganda International Series. It was after a gap of 4 to 5 months that I played a tournament and I was under pressure to be able to play well. My coach Sanjay Mishra sir had worked very hard with me. It took me sometime in the final to adjust to the drift and judgments. But once I got adjusted to it, I played the third game well,” Malvika had said. In the other international events, the talented shuttler had reached last four at Bahrain and had played quarter-finals at the India International Challenge. Last year she had participated in only one international event, SaarLorLux Open 2020 in Germany. Lack of match practice had taken toll as she had to bow out of the meet in the first round itself.