Red Bull organized India's first-ever exclusive women's doubles badminton tournament. This very first edition of the Shuttle Up was held at Phoenix Market City, Kurla, Mumbai. The tournament was held for women under the age of 19 yrs. Ritika Thaker and Simran Singh from Mumbai won the National finals that took place on the 1st of November 2018, at Mumbai. The national finals winners competed with Daman Rajkumar and Muskan Taya from Delhi, the former winning the championship with 11-1, 11-6. Ritika and Simran were seen rejoicing their wonderful victory.
Ashwini Ponappa, who is a close associate of Red Bull Shuttle Up from the very beginning, was present at the finals and was seen cheering the finalists. An exhibition match was played between the winners and the commonwealth medalists and current doubles partner Sikki Reddy to the audiences' delight.
India's ace women doubles shuttler and Red Bull athlete Ashwini Ponnappa said: "Badminton is growing in terms of popularity through viewership and receiving interest through participation. It is my ambition to create awareness and promote doubles badminton in the country as there is a lot of potential for it. We had many Indian pairs who have made it to the knockout stages of international tournaments, which are encouraging signs for doubles badminton. We need more women doubles events in the country. I am grateful to Red Bull for coming up with initiatives like Red Bull Shuttle Up, which provide aspiring women players the opportunity to fulfill their dream and also uplift the standard of women badminton in our country. I would like to congratulate the winners of the first edition of the tournament. They played very good games throughout and I enjoyed playing with Sikki against the tournament champions. They showed a lot of skill and I would encourage them to keep playing and reach even bigger heights."
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