Hemanth, Misha advance to semifinals

Top seeds Hemanth MG and Ruth Misha advanced to the semifinals in constrasting fashion in their respective categories in the Karnataka State-ranking badminton tournament here on Saturday.

In the men’s quarterfinals, Hemanth powered past Shamanth Rao Kidiyoor, seeded 22nd, 21-8, 21-18 while Misha was given a tough fight by seventh seed Ramya CV in the women’s last-eight tie. Misha eventually prevailed 21-10, 13-21, 21-12.

Meanwhile, Ramya, seeded first in the girls’ under-19 section, entered the semis after fifth seed Ranjini Hegde retired in the second game. Ramya led 21-10, 11-3 before Ranjini called off the tie.

Results (prefix denotes seedings, all quarterfinals): Men: singles: 1-Hemanth MG bt 22-Shamanth Rao Kidiyoor 21-8, 21-18; 5-Nikhilshyam Sriram bt 4-Ganesh Vittalji Kokani 21-16, 21-13; 7-Kiran B bt 3-Sachin C 10-21, 21-15, 21-17; 2-Raghu M bt Vishnuh Paura 21-12, 21-16.

Doubles: 1-Jagdish  Yadav/ Venkatesh Prasad S bt Prathap K/ Rishab Sutgattimath V 21-12, 21-5; 3-Kushal Raj S/ Madhusudan M bt Aravind Kongara/ Zakriya Mohammed 21-12, 21-17; 4-Kiran M/ Saif Ali bt 7-Mukul Arora/ Priyanshu Agarwal 21-14, 21-13; 2-Kiran Kumar G/ Vasantha Kumar HR bt 5-Nagendra T/ Shiva Kumar M 21-10, 21-16.

Boys: U-19, singles: 1-Nikhilshyam  Sriram bt 9-Shamanth Rao Kidiyoor 21-14, 21-15; 3-Ganesh Vittalji Kokani bt 6-Nihal Naik 21-19, 21-15; 4-Sai Pratheek Krishna Prasad bt 5-Abi Amudhan S 21-10, 21-16; 2-Kiran B bt 22-Vishnuh Paura 21-14, 21-13.

Doubles: 3-Anirudh Rajeev/ Saketh Upadhya bt Abhishek Kunkod N/ Pruthvi Raja 21-7, 21-13; 4-Bhargav S/ Nithin H V bt Shubham Ballodgikar/ Shubham Jewargi U 21-12, 21-15; 2-Nikhilshyam Sriram/ Sai Pratheek Krishna Prasad bt Kunal Singh Dewan/ Vignesh Malipatil 21-8, 21-18 .

Women, singles: 1-Ruth Misha V bt 7-Ramya CV  21-10, 13-21, 21-12; 3-Savita RN bt 5-Prerana NS 21-9, 21-14; 4-Shivani Pathi bt 6-Jayashree G 21-17, 21-13; 2-Meghana  Kulkarni bt 8-Ranjini Hegde 20-22, 21-14 21-19.

Girls: U-19, singles: 1-Ramya CV bt 5-Ranjini Hegde 21-10, 11-3 Retd; 3-Prerana NS bt 6-Sree Raksha S 21-15, 21-14; 7-Shivani Pathi  bt 4-Bhavya Krishnan 21-13, 14-21, 21-10; 2-Jayashree G bt Akhila Anand 21-18, 21-18.

Mixed doubles: 2-Abhinand  Shetty/ Sangeetha Mari w/o Chethan MR/ Akhila Anand.

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