Khelo Badminton: Maha shuttlers in hunt for three gold medals
Pune, Jan 12 (PTI)Hosts Maharashtra lined up a shot
at three gold medals from the Khelo India Youth Games
badminton court with impressive performances in the
semi-finals here on Saturday.
Nagpur's Malvika Bansod produced a dominant
performance to beat Tamil Nadus Nivetha Muthukumar 21-12,
21-13 and reach the girls U-21 singles final.
She will meet top seed Aakarshi Kashyapof Chhatisgarh
in the gold medal clash, a media release issued here said.
In the boys event, it will be a clash for top honours
betweenMaharashtra's Aman Farogh Sanjay, the number one seed,
and Rahul Bhardwaj of Karnataka.
In a third success for the host state on the day, Arya
Deshpande and Ananya Phadke defeated Navdha Mangalam and
Sonali Singh of UP and will take on Rajasthan's Sakshi Asrani
and Ankushka Mehta in the girls doubles final, it said.
In the boy's semis, Aman had to battle to get past
Priyanshu Rajwat of Madhya Pradesh.
The Maharashtra lad won the first set 21-13
comprehensively, but was error-prone in the second to lose it
Aman recovered quickly in the decider to shut out
Priyanshu 21-14 and go though to the title match against
Bhardwaj, who upsetthird seed Dhruv Rawat of Uttarakhand
21-9, 21-10 in just 22 minutes.
In the girl's U-17 singles semis, fourth seed Mir
Tasnim Ali of Gujarat came from behind to beat top seed Aditi
Bhatt of Uttar Pradesh 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 and will meet
second seed Mansi Singh of Uttar Pradesh in the final after
the latter ousted Delhi's Aashi Rawat 21-19, 21-19.
The match of the day was in the boys U-17 semi-finals
as top seed Gandham Pranav Rao from Telangana got the better
of Arunachal Pradesh's Tukum Laa 21-19, 12-21, 21-12, the
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