UAE table tennis and badminton joined forces over the weekend to celebrate UAE National Sports Day with the UAE Table Tennis and Badminton Women’s Open Championships at Dubai Design District.
The competition was organised across four age categories in table tennis and three categories in badminton in a round robin competition before the knockout rounds.
The preliminary rounds were held on Thursday, with the finals and over 18s playing on Friday.
The Table Tennis Championship also welcomed two Kuwaiti clubs; Salwa Al Sabbah Sports Club and Al Fatat Sports Club.
The badminton competition saw 63 matches contested, with the under-13 category won by Nidhi Shailendra Desai from Dubai after victory over Rinitha Rajith of Ajman.
The under 17 category was one of the most hotly contested of the tournament, with young star Tanisha Crasto adding to her impressive tally of victories in the region with a win over Nidha Abdul Najeeb.
In the women’s doubles, it was another close affair with the pairing of Palwasha Bashir and Nafeesah Sara Siraj claiming victory.
Five times Pakistan national champion Basheer and Siraj, a Kerala State champion and a Silver Medallist at the CBSE India Nationals, defeated Elme De Villiers and Amritha Kuttikrishnan in the finals.
The table tennis was contested in four age groups, under 12, under 15, under 18 and over 18 years of age, with 142 matches in total.
Melody Van Es won the under 12 category, while Theola Johnes defeated Christy Joseph in the final of the under 15s and Aishwarya Chockalingam overcame Soniya Bhat to take the under 18 title. The over 18 category was won by Jaymee Yanga, with Menwa Majid the runner-up.