Badminton: Giant-killer Abhinav bows out
Giant-killer Abhinav Mangalam was shown the door, seeds continued to fall, while Tara Shah and Darshan Pujari gave the State reason to cheer winning their respective matches in the quarterfinals of the India Junior International Grand Prix 2022C
State shuttlers Darshan, Tara book quarterfinal berths
PUNE: Giant-killer Abhinav Mangalam was shown the door, seeds continued to fall, while Tara Shah and Darshan Pujari gave the State reason to cheer winning their respective matches in the quarterfinals of the India Junior International Grand Prix 2022, and played in memory of the Late Sushant Chipalkatti, at the P. E. Society’s Modern PDMBA Sports Complex, on Friday.
On a two-session-two-round day, Abhinav, who turned heads in the morning by knocking out world No.9 Prince Dahal of Nepal in Round-2 bowed in the last-16 round. Pitted against No. 11 Tushar Suveer, Abhinav lost tamely 21-11, 21-14.
Overall six seeds made their exit – four in the last-32 round and two in the pre-quarterfinals respectively.
TARA, DARSHAN KEEP STATE HOPES ALIVE
Amidst all the drama two players that stood out were Pune lass and No.7 Tara Shah who downed No. 12 Anyapat Phichitpreechasak (Thailand) 21-17, 21-14 in a 34 minute battle to enter the quarterfinals of the women’s singles. Earlier, she put out Stuti Agarwal in three games.
In the men’s singles, Darshan Pujari won the battle of unseeded players against Remus Ng (Singapore) 21-9, 21-16 to make the last-8. In fact, on a day when many players struggled, Darshan won both his matches in straight game which includes beating Samarveer 21-8, 22-20.
Interestingly, qualifiers made a strong impact with as many as three (two men and one women) making it to the quarterfinal round. Dhruv Negi beat fell qualifier Rushendra Thirupathi 21-16, 21-18 and Pranay Shettigar beat another qualifier Anishraj Rajkumar 21-11, 20-22, 21-7 in the men’s section, while Tanvi Sharma put out Rujula Ramu 21-16, 21-10.
RESULTS (All Indians unless mentioned otherwise)
Men’s Singles, Pre-Quarterfinals
11-Tushar Suveer bt Q-Abhinav Manglam 21-11, 21-14;
Q-Dhruv Negi bt Q-Rushendra Thirupathi 21-16, 21-18;
Darshan Pujari bt Remus Ng (Singapore) 21-9, 21-16;
Q-Pranay Shettigar bt Q-Anishraj Rajkumar 21-11, 20-22, 21-7;
7-Muhammad Halim As Sidiq (Indonesia) bt Neer Nehwal 21-17, 25-23;
4-Lakshay Sharma bt Abhishek Santhoshkumar 21-15, 21-17
8-Ayush Shetty bt 10-Wongsup Wongsup-In (Thailand) 21-18, 21-17;
2-Pranav Rao Gandham bt Q-Rounak Chouhan 21-17, 21-17
Women’s Singles, , Pre-Quarterfinals
1-Anupama Upadhyaya bt Neysa Cariappa 21-14, 19-21, 21-17;
15-Sreshta Reddy Kannareddy bt Akansha Matte 23-21, 12-21, 21-16;
9-Sarunrak Vitidsarn (Thailand) bt 4-Isharani Baruah 21-17, 21-15;
Navya Kanderi bt Radhika Sharma 21-17, 21-16
Q-Tanvi Sharma bt Q-Rujula Ramu 21-16, 21-10;
3-Unnati Hooda bt Naishaa Kaur Bhatoye 21-10, 16-21, 21-11;
7-Tara Shah bt 12-Anyapat Phichitpreechasak (Thailand) 21-17, 21-14;
Shriyanshi Valishetty bt Q-Chitwan Khatri 20-22, 21-16, 21-11;