Lakshya puts AAI in final

February 11, 2019



Asian junior champion Lakshya Sen received a huge boost ahead of the senior Nationals, guiding Airports Authority of India (AAI) to the final of the Yonex-Sunrise 74th inter-State badminton championships here on Sunday.

After registering a 3-0 victory over Andhra Pradesh, AAI will now challenge Railways for the title after the latter beat Assam 3-1.

The 17-year-old Lakshya outclassed Andhra’s Jagadeesh 21-10, 21-13 in just 30 minutes. Malvika Bansod fought back to down Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka 13-21, 21-14, 21-15 in women’s singles before Shlok Ramchandran and Chirag Sen teamed up to beat Krishna Prasad Garaga and Gouse Shaik 18-21, 21-14, 21-18 in men’s doubles.

The results (semifinals):

AAI bt Andhra Pradesh 3-0 (Lakshya Sen bt K. Jagadeesh 21-10, 21-13; Malvika Bansod bt Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka 13-21, 21-14, 21-15; Shlok Ramachandran & Chirag Sen bt Krishna Prasad Garaga & Gouse Shaik 18-21, 21-14, 21-18).

Railways bt Assam 3-1 (Saili Rane lost to Ashmita Chaliha 21-14, 11-21, 4-8 (retd.); Subhankar Dey bt Orijit Chaliha 15-21, 21-12, 21-5; Kabir Kanzarkar & Hemanagendra Babu bt Anjan Buragohain & Ranjan Buragohain 20-22, 21-8, 21-15; Kanika Kanwal & Saili Rane bt Manali Bora & Maini Boruah 26-24, 21-13).

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