HYDERABAD: Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy, the fast rising doubles combination won their maiden Grand Prix title with a 22-20, 21-18 victory over Bodin Issara and Nipitphon Puangpuapech of Thailand in the Mexico Open final on Sunday.
In the first game here, Manu and Sumeet faced stiff challenge from the thailand players, never leaving the indians to take up the first game in ease as the Thais saved four game points from 16-20 before the Indians managed to win the first game. In the second, the Indians got off to right start and scored pointa at consistent intervals.
“This is a great win for both of us. We’ve worked really hard and this is the result of our hard work. We would like to thank our coach Pullela Gopichand, doubles coach Kim Tan Her and BAI officials for supporting us. Many thanks to our parents, it’s because of their prayers and blessings we are here,” Manu told TOI from Mexico City on Monday. “It turned out to be a very good year for us. And finishing off with a Grand Prix title is just amazing. We started very confidently in this tournament. Though it was a bit tricky in the final, it was all about speed and tactics and most importantly we managed very well,” Sumeeth said.
“Gopi sir helped us a lot in our bad times. For the last two months our new doubles coach has worked very hard on our game,” the duo said.
Sumeeth also complimented his friend and doubles partner and said, ” All credit to my friend Manu. He is very patient and that’s what helps our pair to be stable even in crucial times.”