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Badminton: Tanvi Lad shocks Arundhati

Bangalore, Feb 7 : Tanvi Lad of Air India caused a stir by knocking out top seed Arundhati Pantawane of Maharashtra 21-13, 20-22, 21-16, to enter the women's final in the Canara Bank All-India ranking badminton tournament here Friday.


In the final, Lad will take on second seeded Rituparna Das of Andhra who defeated No.4 Sayali Gokhale 21-17, 22-20.

The men's final will be between the two top seeds, Varma Sourabh of Petroleum and Karnataka's Anup Sridhar who won their respective semi-final matches in contrasting styles.

Sourabh accounted for sixth seeded Sameer Verma of Madhya Pradesh 21-16, 21-15, while Sridhar went the distance before covercoming Andhra's Siril Varma 21-15, 18-21, 21-13.

The results:

Men's singles (semi-finals): 1-Varma Sourabh (PET) bt 6-Sameer Verma (MP) 21-16, 21-15; 2-Anup Sridhar (KTK) bt ASS Siril Varma (AP), 21-15, 18-21, 21-13. Quarter-finals: Sourabh bt 8-Subhankar Dey (MAH) 21-17, 14-21, 21-16; Sameer Verma bt Moheet Kamat (RLY) 21-12, 21-13; A. S. S. Siril Varma bt 7-Arvind Bhat (KTK) 23-21, 21-18; Sridhar bt Chetan Anand (PET) 21-16, 21-11.

Women's singles: 3-Tanvi Lad (AI) bt 1-Arundhati Pantawane (MAH) 21-13, 20-22, 21-16; 2-Rituparna Das (AP) bt 4-Sayali Gokhale (AI) 21-17, 22-20. Quarter-finals: Pantawane bt 8-Mudra Dhainje (AI) 0-1 Ret; Lad bt 6-Neha Pandit (AAI) 22-20, 21-14; Gokhale bt Aditi Mutatkar (PET) 21-12, 22-20; Das bt Rasika Raje (MAH) 21-7, 21-18.

Men's Doubles: 1-Pranaav Jerry Chopra (PET)/Akshay Dewalkar (AI) bt Rupesh Kumar KT (PET)/ Sanave Thomas (KER) 21-16, 21-17; K Nanda Gopal (AAI)/T Hemanagendra Babu (AP) bt Bennet Antony /Suraj PH (KER) 21-10, 21-11.

Women's Doubles: 1-Prajakta Sawant (PET)/Arathi Sara Sunil (KER) bt 4-Varsha Belawadi/ Nischitha GM (KTK) 21-11 21-12; 3-Meghana J (AP)/Siki Reddy N (AAI) bt Dhanya Nair (RLY)/Mohita Sahdev (AAI) 21-14, 21-17.

Mixed Doubles: 1-Tarun K / Ashwini Ponnappa (PET) bt Sanave Thomas (KER)/Prajakta Sawant (PET) 21-13, 21-16; 2-K Nanda Gopal/Siki Reddy N (AAI) bt T Hemanagendra Babu (AP)/Poorvisha S Ram (KTK) 21-14, 21-16.

--IANS (Posted on 08-02-2014)

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