THE HYDERABAD QUALIFIERS OF RED BULL SHUTTLE UP- INDIA’S FIRST EVER EXCLUSIVE WOMEN’S DOUBLES TOURNAMENT IS BACK WITH ITS SECOND EDITION
Red Bull Shuttle Up is India’s first-ever women’s doubles tournament which kicked off last year
The National Finals winners get the glorious opportunity of playing against Ashwini Ponnappa and her partner
After an overwhelming response last year, Red Bull Shuttle Up- India’s first-ever exclusive women’s doubles tournament has returned for its second edition. Red Bull Shuttle up Qualifiers will be held across 6 cities - Delhi, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Chandigarh Bangalore and Mumbai from 19th October to 23rd November 2019, with winning pairs from each qualifier will be flown down to Hyderabad for the National Finals on 8th December 2019. The National Finals winners get a chance to play against Ashwini Ponnappa- one of India’s best doubles badminton players of all time – and a partner of her choosing.
With the growing popularity of the sport be it viewership (5th most viewed) or participation (2nd most played), the tournament aims to further boost and improve participation and popularity amongst aspiring women players.
India’s ace women double shuttler and Red Bull athlete Ashwini Ponnappa said, “It has been my ambition to promote the Badminton as a sport in India, especially for the women. It’s great to be associated with brands like Red Bull that create such platforms and gives wings to the aspiring talents. It’s been a great journey with Red Bull Shuttle Up and I only see it growing in the years to come. I would like to wish luck to all the participants.”
Details of the city qualifiers:
Date: 26th October 2019
Venue: Game Point, Behind Meridian School, Siddhi Vinayak Nagar, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081
Open exclusively for women above the age of 16, all matches are played on the knock out basis where all pairs played a best of 3 sets with 11 points (rally points) instead of the traditional 21 points a set. Each pair, with prior notification to the referee, can call for a super point once in a set. By calling for a super point, the pair will get 2 points if they win that particular point. There will be no deduction of points if the pair loses that point. Players must be prepared to play 5/6 matches in a day, during the event. The winning pairs of each qualifier will qualify for the National Finals on 8th December 2019 in Hyderabad.
The first edition of Red Bull Shuttle Up was an overwhelming success as India’s U19 ranked number 1 women’s doubles pair Ritika Thaker and Simran Singhi from Mumbai claimed the championship title after a charged 11-1; 11-6 final match win over their opponents Daman Rajkumar & Muskan Taya from Delhi. The duo also got a chance to play against one of India’s best doubles players Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy at the R-City Mall in Ghatkopar, Mumbai.
To register and participate in Red Bull Shuttle Up, kindly visit – www.redbull.in/shuttleup