Malvika prevails over AshmitaNovember 6, 2017
Lakshya Sen advances after besting a fighting Maisnam Meiraba
The 16-year-old unseeded Malvika Bansod of Maharashtra was the toast of the sparse crowd for the way she fought back to quell a spirited challenge from Assam’s Ashmita Chaliha to post a 21-16, 16-21, 21-18 and enter the pre-quarterfinals of the 82nd senior National badminton championship at Divisional Sports Complex here on Sunday.
The 11th standard student of Shivaji Science College (Nagpur), winner of the under-19 title in the all-India ranking tournament in Chennai recently, was trailing 7-14 in the decider but decided to go all out, clearly determined to make it to the knock-out phase in her maiden appearance in the senior National.
In the men’s singles fourth round, seventh-seed Lakshya Sen of Uttarakhand, who got a walkover from injured junior World No.1 A.S.S. Siril Verma of Telangana in the third round, got the better of a fighting Maisnam Meiraba of Manipur 21-13, 12-21, 21-13, while ninth-seed Chirag Sen ended the fine run of George Adrian of Gujarat with a 21-14, 21-11 win after the former had eliminated eighth-seeded N.V.S. Vijeta (Telangana) in the previous round.
The results (4th round): Men: Armyann Tandon bt Siddharth Thakur 21-10, 21-13; Bodhit Joshi bt Kaustubh Rawat 21-7, 21-18; Chirag Sen bt Adrian George 21-14, 21-11.
Lakshya Sen bt Maisnam Meiraba 21-13, 12-21, 21-13; B.M. Rahul Bharadhvaj bt C. Rohit Yadav 21-13, 21-10; Ansal Yadav bt M. Mithun 16-21, 21-8, 21-13; C. Rahul Yadav bt Kartik Jindal 21-12, 21-13.
Women: M. Tanishq bt Kanika Kanwal 21-19, 21-19; Revati Devasthale bt Riya Mookerjee 21-19, 20-22, 21-18; G. Ruthvika Shivani bt Mansi Singh 21-8, 21-11; Purva Barve bt Ritika Thaker 21-13, 19-21, 22-20.
Aakarshi Kashyap bt Vaidehi Choudhari 17-21, 21-16, 21-16; G. Vrushali bt Treesa Jolly 21-16, 21-13; Saili Rane bt Vaishnavi Bhale 21-16, 21-10; Malvika Bansod bt Ashmita Chaliha 21-16, 16-21, 21-18.