Gayatri Gopichand Pullela and Kavipriya Selvam pose with their medals and prize money cheques on the podium at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya International Junior Grand Prix badminton tournament held in Jakarta, Indonesia.Hyderabad girl Gayatri Gopichand Pullela defeated statemate Samiya Imad Farooqui to clinch gold in the Under 15 girls singles category and later paired up with Samiya to stand atop the podium in the Under 15 girls doubles section of the Pembangunan Jaya Raya International Junior Grand Prix badminton tournament played in Jakarta, Indonesia.The girls singles final was tight as Gayatri and Samiya won a game each. Gayatri later teamed up with Samiya to clinch the U-15 doubles title with a straight game 21-17. The doubles bronze was won by Kavipriya and Meghana Reddy. Continuing the promise displayed from an early age, Gayatri beat Samiya 21-11, 18-21, 21-16 in 56 minutes to claim the U-15 singles title, and a while later the two girls teamed up to beat the Indonesian pair of Kelly Larissa and Shelandry Vyola 21-17, 21-15 in 28 minutes to win the the women's U-15 doubles title.
In the women U-15 doubles semi-finals, Meghana Reddy Mareddy and Kavipriya lost to Larissa and Vyola 21-16, 21-18 on Saturday. The boys from Deccan region, Pranav Rao Gandham & Sai Vishnu Pullela had a successful campaign for three rounds before faltering in the quarterfinals of the doubles section. Vikas Yadav lost to Mawardi Putra Damas 21-17, 18-21, 21-17 in the men's U-15 semi-finals.
Speaking after the U-15 doubles event, Samiya said, "It was a great experience for me considering I was playing my own partner in the singles final". Second round: Gayatri bt Deswanti Hujansih Nurtertiati (Indonesia) 21-12, 21-17; Samiya bt Tasya Farahnailah (Indonesia) 21-9, 16-21, 21-19; Kavipriya bt Bilqis Prasista (Indonesia, 8) 14-21, 21-11, 21-12. Semifinals: Samiya/ Gayatri bt Dea Riska. With the success of India's badminton contingent at the Singapore Open and in the U-15s in Jakarta, against the backdrop of Sindhu's sensational rise over the last 18 months, the future does appear bright for the country's shuttlers.