The West Zone Inter State badminton Championship 2015 tournament will be held at the DY Patil Indoor Stadium, Nerul, Navi Mumbai from September 29 to October 2 2015.
Teams from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Goa are likely to compete in this West Zone Inter State Badminton Championship
Mrunmayi Saoji and Ritika Thaker are in the Maharashtra squad to compete in the West Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship due to their consistent performances. Both Mrunmayi and Ritika were selected in the U-19 junior girls team for the first time. Vaishnavi Bhale had to skip Nanded’s senior state selection tournament because of an injury she acquired while representing Indian University at the World University Games at Gwangju in Korea this July.
Mrunmayi is in her top form, winning the U-19 girls singles titles at Karad and Latur. The eighteen-year-old dominated the Latur championship by bagging her double crown, narrowly missing her mixed doubles crown.
Ritika was selected for the girls doubles squad. Ritika and Simran Singhi (Mumbai Suburban) played for the first time in the junior group this year. They also participated in the U-19 state tournament at Karad and won the doubles. They also finished Runner’s-up in the next tournament at Latur.
Mrunmayi is studying Standard XII in Shivaji Science College, while Ritika is studying in Standard IX at Chanda Devi Saraf School. Both train under Ajay Dayal and Robin Simon.
The Maharashtra squad:
Men’s: Akshay Dewalkar (captain), Akshay Raut (both Thane), Harsheel Dani (Mumbai Sub), Nishad Dravid (Pune), Siddharth Thakur (Nashik).
Women’s: Mudra Dhainje, Neha Pandit, Manashi Gadgil, Revati Devasthale (all Pune), Vaishnavi Iyer (Mumbai Sub).
Junior U-19 boys: Arya Bhivapathaki (Pune), Deep Rambhiya, Prasanjeet Shirodkar, Aman Farogh Sanjay (all Thane).
Junior U-19 girls: Mrunmayi Saoji, Ritika Thaker (both Nagpur), Simran Singhi (Mumbai Sub), Riya Arolkar (Greater Mumbai), Vaidehi Choudhari (Nashik).
Coach: Amrish Shinde. Manager: Ashish Bajpai.