B'lore, Hubli Workshop in title round

B'lore, Hubli Workshop in title round

In the first semifinal, Hersen KS and Jagadeesh posted convincing victories over Inderjit Dihana and Shiva Kumar respectively as Bangalore Division eased past Hubli Division 2-0. While Hersen registered a handsome 21-9, 21-13 win, Jagadeesh was hardly tested in his 21-5, 21-5 triumph.

However, Hubli Workshop made sure a host team stayed in the competition after edging out Railway Protection Force 2-1.

Workshop got off to disastrous when MN Lincoln was unable to pull the strings against MN Joshi in a closely fought 19-21, 12-21 loss. But, Workshop campaign was put back on track by Parthasarathy after he levelled the scores at 1-1 in his 21-12, 21-9 defeat of Nagaraj.
Workshop had to labour hard to confirm their final spot as Parthasarathy combined with team-mate Rajashekar to pull off a nerve-wracking 21-17, 19-21, 22-20 win over Chengappa and MN Joshi.

Results (all semifinals): Bangalore Division bt Hubli Division 2-0 (Hersen KS bt Inderjit Dihana 21-9, 21-13; Jagadeesh bt Shiva Kumar 21-5, 21-5); Hubli Workshop bt Railway Protection Force (RPF) 2-1 (MJ Lincoln lt to MN Joshi 19-21, 12-21; Parthasarathy bt Nagaraj 21-12, 21-9; Parthasarathy/ Rajashekar bt Chengappa/ MN Joshi 21-17, 19-21, 22-20).

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