Over 160 players from 15 teams have fought it out for a shot at the second annual Club Championships title at Dubai Sports World.
Team Yonex went into the final match as favourites, having defeated Prime Star when they last met in week three of the round robin stage. But in a major upset Prime Star took the match with a clean sweep and with it the Shuttle Time Dubai Club championship Group A crown when they defeated Team Yonex 5 -0.
The Group B final had the crowd on the edge of their seats as they witnessed one of the most closely fought ties ever seen in badminton in the UAE.
NSNL SD B came into the final determined to continue their winning run, having defeated the more favoured minor premiers Friday Smashers in a tough encounter in the semi-finals. Team Victor B prevailed, however, in an epic which saw all but one of the matches go to five games.
NSNL SD B took the first two matches – the Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles – and had one hand on the trophy, before Team Victor B staged a tremendous fightback to take the next two matches in five games, levelling the score.
It all came down to the Men’s Doubles match. NSNL SD B’s Christopher Osea and Vince Vhone took the first two sets, before Team Victor B’s Shamsudheen Ibrahim and Rahul Raghu fought back to take the next three and secure the win. At the end of the tie only three points separated the teams, Team Victor B winning 3-2, 221 points to 218.
Dubai Badminton Development Manager and Tournament Director Jaffer Ebrahim was delighted with the event.
“This is the second edition of the tournament and we are pleased that it’s again been very successful and popular with the players,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of excitement for the five weeks throughout the summer, and the standard of play is definitely benefiting from the improvement in coaching, with so many of the club coaches attending the BWF Coaching Courses organised by Shuttle Time Dubai over the past year.”