Daniel, Drithi enter semifinals

Daniel, Drithi enter semifinals

Top seed Daniel Farid and Drithi Yatheesh, both from Karnataka, recorded contrasting wins to enter the semifinals in the boys’ and girls’ categories respectively in the All India Senior National-ranking badminton tournament at the Karnataka Badminton Association here on Friday.

Farid made short work of fifth seed Ansal Yadav of Uttar Pradesh 21-19, 21-17 in the boys’ quarterfinals while Drithi caused an upset, beating seventh seed Riya Mookerjee of UP 9-21, 21-19, 21-14 in a hard-fought last-eight encounter.

Fourth seed Harshit Aggarwal of Air India also progressed to last-four of the men’s singles with a 21-18, 15-21, 21-14 win over Kartik Jindal of Haryana.

Meanwhile, sixth seed Neha Pandit defeated ninth seed Vaishnavi Bhale 20-22, 21-8, 21-15 to book her last-four berth in the women’s singles.

Results: Men: singles, quarterfinals: 1-Daniel Farid S bt 5-Ansal Yadav 21-19, 21-17; Kiran George bt Nikhilshyam Sriram 21-15, 25-23; 4-Harshit Aggarwal bt Kartik Jindal 21-18, 15-21, 21-14; Siddharth Pratap Singh bt 6-Rohit Yadav C 21-8, 21-14.

Women: singles, quarterfinals: 6-Neha Pandit bt 9-Vaishnavi Bhale 20-22, 21-8, 21-15; Drithi Yatheesh bt 7-Riya Mookerjee 9-21, 21-19, 21-14; 16-Vrushali G bt Rashi Lambe 21-8, 21-5; 2-Anura Prabhudesai bt 5-Shruti Mundada 21-16, 21-17.

Doubles, quarterfinals: 1-Agna Anto/ Sneha Santhilal bt 5-Vaishnavi Bhale/ Riya Pillai 21-11, 21-18; Sruthi KP/ Purnima Devi N bt Megha Bora Morchana/ Sanghmitra Saikia 21-9, 21-9; 2-Kuhoo Garg/ Ningshi Block Hazarika bt 8-Ramya Tulasi BV/ Varsha Belawadi 21-2, 21-15.

Mixed doubles: quarter: 6-Sunjith S/ Sruthi KP bt 1-Saurabh Sharma/ Anoushka Parikh 21-18, 21-15; Nanda Gopal K/ Mahima Aggarwal bt Nihar Kelkar/ Vaishnavi Bhale 21-13, 21-17; 4-Balasubrahmanniyan NG/ Agna Anto bt 5-Mohit Tiwari/ Saruni Sharma 21-18, 21-16; Shlok Ramchandran/ Arundhati Pantawane bt 2-Venket Gaurav Prasad/ Juhi D 21-18, 13-21, 21-13.

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