SAG: Shutler Ashmita to face Gayatri in summit clash

December 6, 2019


Indian shuttlers Ashmita Chaliha and Gayatri Gopichand registered convincing victories in their respective semi-finals on Thursday to set up an all-Indian summit clash in the women’s singles category at the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) in Pokhara, Nepal.

While, the Assam girl top seed Ashmita thrashed her Sri Lankan opponent Achini Ratnasiri 21-5, 21-7, Gayatri also had an easy task against Dilmi Dias of Sri Lanka during a 21-17, 21-14 win.

The men’s singles semi-finals also saw India’s dominance as Aryaman Tondon and Siril Verma set up a final against each other after winning their semi-final matches. Top-seeded Siril beat Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratne 21-9, 21-12 in straight sets.

However, Aryaman had to fight hard during his 21-18, 14-21, 21-18 win against second seed Nepal’s Ratnajith Tamang.

In the men’s doubles semi-final, Krishna Garaga and Dhruv Kapila notched up an easy 21-15, 21-7 win against the Pakistani pair of Mohommed Atique and Raja Mohommed Hasnin. The Indian pair will now face Sri Lanka’s S. Dias Angoda Vidanalage and B. Tharindu Dullew.

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