Dubai-based Tanisha closes in on world championship berth
GOLDEN GIRL: Tanisha Crasto won gold medals at the Bulgarian Junior International Championships and All India Junior Badminton Ranking Tournament.
Dubai - The 16-year-old now stands on the cusp of qualifying for the World Junior Badminton Championships
Rising star Tanisha Crasto's dream run continued as the Dubai-based girl won two titles in the recently concluded All India Junior Badminton Ranking Tournament in Panchkula, Haryana.
Tanisha and her partner Aditi Bhatt staged a fantastic rally to beat Khusi Gupta and Drithi Yatheesh 17-21, 21-19, 21-17 in an engrossing girls doubles final.
The 16-year-old Tanisha, who also won the mixed doubles title in the same tournament, now stands on the cusp of qualifying for the World Junior Badminton Championships.
And Clifford Crasto, Tanisha's father and her first coach, was delighted with his daughter's rich vein of form.
"Happiness doesn't have any boundaries. We are so happy and proud of our daughter who has been performing so well at the national and international level. After winning the tournament in Panchkula, which was a selection tournament for the World Junior Championships, she now stands a chance to be selected in the Indian team for the world event," Crasto told Khaleej Times.
"She is now in Bangalore where the second selection tournament has started. She and her partner need to reach the quarterfinals to qualify for the world championships," he informed.
The Indian High School student, who won the girls doubles title with Bhatt in the Bulgarian Junior International Championships last week, could also be playing in prestigious international junior events in Russia, Bangladesh and South Korea.
"It's a proud moment for the UAE as well because one of the Dubai girls is performing at the international level," said Crasto.
"She might be playing the Russian Open, Bangladesh Open and the Korean Open. Hopefully, we will continue to see good results from her in the future.
"Also, I would like to thank the Indian High School. They have always been so supportive. And I would also like to thank Mr Sunil Singh, the chairman of the Indian High School, who has taken a keen interest in her talent."