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CWG medalist Sreeja Akula wins maiden international title, gets past higher-ranked opponents

CWG medalist Sreeja Akula wins maiden international title, gets past higher-ranked opponents

Sreeka Akula had won the mixed doubles title at the CWG 2022, along with Sharath Kamal.

The two-time national champion Sreeja Akula won her first international title, as she beat World No. 46 Lily Zhang of the USA 11-6, 18-16, 11-5 in the women’s singles final of the WTT Feeder Corpus Christi 2024 on Friday. Apart from that, in the tournament, Akula had also secured a win over the top-seed Amy Wang 3-2 (11-9, 9-11, 11-1, 6-11, 11-9) in the quarters.

Speaking to Sportstar, the World No. 94 player said, “I am immensely pleased, and my efforts got me where I wanted to be. It’s my maiden international title, and I have earned it after two close calls in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the tournament. Both (Amy and Lily) were higher-ranked players and played well against them.”

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“I am happy to win my first international singles title. This win will help the Indian Women’s team to qualify for the Olympic Games 2024 and would also help me to qualify for the singles event,” she said.

“This title will boost my confidence for the future and I wish our new Telangana govt will help me to prepare well for my Paris Olympic and all upcoming tournaments,” Akula added.

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