Chandigarh player Ishita Kumar sailed into the pre-quarterfinals with a 21-17, 21-15 win over Srishti Jupudi of Telangana in the girls’ singles U-17 category in the 24th Smt Krishna Khaitan All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament being held at Panjab University badminton hall on Thursday.
Playing with confidence, Ishita first pocketed the opening game with a 21-17 margin before winning the second and final game with a 21-15 margin against Judupi to book her berth in the last 16 in the category.
In another match of the day, Yeshaswini Nandanoori of Telangana sailed past Yoshita Mathur of Rajasthan with a 21-15, 15-21, 21-14 win. In the match that lasted for 37 minutes, Yeshaswini first claimed the opening game with a 21-15 margin before Yoshita made a comeback to win the second game with a 15-21 margin. The third and final game saw Yeshawini gaining momentum and the Telangana player won the game with a 21-14 margin to march ahead into the pre-quarters.
It was an easy day for Vaidehi Choudhari of Maharshtra as she carved out a 21-6, 21-11 win over Chandigarh’s Sanya Sethi to enter the pre-quarters in the girls’ singles U-19 category. The Maharashtra player first pocketed the opening game 21-6 before winning the second and final game with a 21-11 margin to end Sanya’s campaign in the championship. Choudhari maintained her form in the girls’ U-17 category also as she scored a 21-15, 21-15 win over Namita Pathania of Delhi in a match that lasted for 34 minutes.
In the boys’ singles U-19 category, 11th seed Kaustubh Rawat of Uttarakhand scored a 21-9, 20-22, 21-14 win over Rahul Patel of Delhi in the round of 64. Rawat began the match with control as he won the first game 21-9 before Patel made a comeback to win the second game with a 22-20 margin. The third game was won by Rawat with a margin of 21-14 as the Uttarakhand player moved into the round of 32.
In another match in the same category, Sayam Bothra of Telangana has to fight hard for a 14-21, 2-17, 21-14 win over Alap Mishra of Madhya Pradesh to entered the round of 32. Bothra lost the opening game with a 14-21 margin before winning the second game with a 21-17 margin to level the match. The Telangana player then claimed the final game with a 21-14 margin to book his place in the round of 32.
It was also easy going for Arintap Dasgupta of Air India as the tenth seed youngster scored a 21-19, 21-10 win over Vishal Dave of Gujarat to advance further in the championship.