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Sai, Arjun send top seeds packing

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KOCHI: Andhra Pradesh’s Sai Praneeth, the fourth seed, packed off top-seeded Sumeet Reddy to make the under-19 final of the United India Insurance-RSC all-India junior ranking badminton tournament here on Friday evening.

The under-13 section also saw an upset — the promising M.R. Arjun taking down the No. 1 C. Rahul Yadav.

The results: Under-19 boys: Semifinals: Sai Praneeth (AP) bt B. Sumeet Reddy (AP) 21-9, 21-16; H. S. Prannoy (Ker) bt Eshan Naqvi (Mah) 21-4, 21-14. Quarterfinals: Sumeet bt C. Rohit Yadav (AP) 18-21, 21-15, 21-17; Sai Praneeth bt Hirakjyot Niyog (AI) 21-14, 21-15; Prannoy bt Akshit Mahajan (Har) 21-18, 23-21; Eshan bt Prakash Jolly (Ktk) 21-18, 25-23.

Under-16 boys: Semifinals: Pratul Joshi (MP) bt K. Sri Teja (AP) 21-11, 11-21, 21-17; C. Rohit Yadav (AP) bt Trinankur Nag (WB) 21-18, 21-15. Quarterfinals: Pratul bt B. Venkatesh (AP) 21-14, 12-21, 21-18; Sri Teja bt Devansh Jaiswal (Cg) 21-12, 21-19; Trinankur Nag bt Khaja Jaleel (AP) 17-21, 21-18, 21-15; Rohit bt Sudhanshu Medsikar (Mah) 21-11, 21-11.

Under-13 boys: Semifinals: M. R. Arjun (Ker) bt C. Rahul Yadav (AP) 21-17, 21-15; Chirag Sen (Utr) bt D. Chandra Kumar (AP) 20-22, 21-17, 21-14. Quarterfinals: Rahul bt Mithun Manjunath (Ktk) 21-16, 21-12; Arjun bt A. S. S. Siril Varma (AP) 18-21, 21-15, 21-17; Chandra Kumar bt M. Kanishk (AP) 21-11, 21-8; Chirag Sen bt Chirag Shetty (Mah) 17-21, 21-16, 21-14.

Under-19 girls: Semifinals: Anurdha Shrikhande (AI) bt Daya Elsa Jacob (Ker) 21-12, 21-17; P. C. Thulasi (Ker) bt P. V. Sindhu (AP) 21-18, 21-10. Quarterfinals: Anuradha bt Gauri Ghate (Mah) 21-18, 13-21, 21-11; Daya bt Jacqueline Rose Kunnath (Kar) 21-12, 21-4; Thulasi bt Riya Pillai (Mah) 21-9, 21-6; Sindhu bt Saili Rane (AI) 21-11, 21-16.

Under-16 girls: Semifinals: P. V. Sindhu (AP) bt P. Kanthi (TN) 21-10, 21-8; Riya Pillai (Mah) bt Maneesha (AP) 24-22, 21-16. Quarterfinals: Sindhu bt S. Poorvisha (Ktk) 21-13, 21-11; Kanthi bt Arathi Sara Sunil (Ker) 21-18, 12-21, 21-15; Riya bt Reshma Karthik (Ktk) 21-18, 21-14; Maneesha bt R. Leela Lakshmi (AP) 21-17, 21-13.

Under-13 girls: Semifinals: G. Ruthvika Shivani (AP) bt Sanjana Santhosh (Mah) 21-16, 21-23, 21-19; Karishma Wadkar (Mah) bt J. K. Malavika (Ker) 21-8, 21-8. Quarterfinals: G. Ruthvika Shivani (AP) bt Anoushka Parikh (Guj) 21-15, 21-12; Sanjana Santhosh (Mah) bt M. Archana (AP) 21-15, 21-17; Karishma Wadkar (Mah) bt K. Vijeta (A) 2-18, 21-14; J. K. Malavika (Ker) bt Shreeya Mali (Mah) 21-16, 21-12.

State senior event

The FACT Udyogamandal Club will host the Kerala State senior badminton championship at Eloor, near here, from August 26 to 30.

The State sub-junior championship will be held in Kochi from August 12 to 15 while Thrissur will host the junior State event from August 21 to 24.

The State circuit opens with the Savithri Devi Saboo memorial junior ranking tournament in Kozhikode from July 26 to 29 while the T.K.V. Memorial all-Kerala senior ranking tournament will be held in Thiruvananthapuram from August 18 to 20.

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