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Aakarshi Kashyap clinched the top spot in women’s singles in the selection trials for upcoming big-ticket team events with a three-game win against Ashmita Chaliha on Wednesday at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

The selection trials to pick the teams for the upcoming Thomas & Uber Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games have been taking place in the capital in the past week.

Aakarshi finished the trails without a single defeat, pocketing seven wins out of seven, with the most decisive coming against Ashmita. The Assamese left-hander came into this match with five wins out of six and with the winner guaranteed to take top spot, the match went the former’s way 21-10, 17-21, 21-15.

Haryana teenager Unnati Hooda, meanwhile, completed her impressive week with a third-place finish by defeating Aditi Bhatt in straight games. Aditi will take the fourth spot.

Only PV Sindhu was assured of a direct spot in the squads based on her world ranking and these trials will effectively be the deciding factor to determine the squads for upcoming team events. The No 2 ranked Indian in the BWF world rankings, Saina Nehwal is not part of these trials.

Abdul Gh Lone