Senior Nationals: Schedule goes haywire

On the positive side, there were some exciting, close matches in the men’s second round of the 81st edition of the Nationals here, which kept everyone interested in the proceedings.

Ranjeet Kumar

Sri Krishna Priya who defeated Riya Mookerjee in the women's singles at the 81st Senior National badminton championships in Patna.   -  Ranjeet Kumar

The schedule went haywire as matches ended past 1 a.m. on Saturday and dew drops kept dripping from the top of the roof on Court No.5, now and then.

As has been with several National badminton championships before, officials express confidence of getting things back to normal. And it is the same old story!

On the positive side, there were some exciting, close matches in the men’s second round of the 81st edition of the Nationals here, which kept everyone interested in the proceedings.

While Daniel Farid of Karnataka, seeded seventh, saved five match points to outlast Rohit Yadav (AAI) 21-15, 14-21, 24-22, there was no such luck for Shreyansh Jaiswal of Chhattisgarh, the sixth seed. Aditya Prakash, who is recovering from an injury to his toe, put it across Shreyansh 19-21, 21-17, 21-11. Later, Kaushal Dharmamer of AAI produced the second upset of the day, defeating Shubham Prajapati of Madhya Pradesh 21-7, 22-20.

The day, however, belonged to PSBB's Aditya Prakash, a trainee of Prakash Padukone Academy in Bangalore. After sharing a game each, Aditya took the game away from the sixth seed Shreyansh in the third game. From a 4-2 lead, Aditya’s game took wings. His crosscourt and down-the-line smashes, coupled with fine net-play gave him the edge. When the players changed sides, Aditya was leading 11-6. But by then, it was clear that Shreyansh had given up.

It was easy going for the men's and women's top seeds — H.S. Prannoy and Tanvi Lad — both from PSPB. Prannoy toyed with Saurabh Pardeyar (HP) 21-10, 21-12 while Tanvi defeated Preety Singh of Meghalaya 21-12, 21-11. Rituparna Das, the women's second seed, representing Telangana, huffed and puffed to beat Kanika Kanwal (AI) 21-11, 16-21, 21-10. Among the top women, only third seeded K. Sri Krishna Priya played with purpose and conviction in defeating Riya Mookerjee of Uttar Pradesh 21-12, 21-14.

The results (second round):

Men: Aditya Prakash (Pet) bt Shreyansh Jaiswal (Cht) 19-21, 21-17, 21-11; Bodhit Joshi (Utr) bt Karan Rajan 21-14, 13-21, 21-13; M. Mithun (AAI) bt Prem Singh Chouhan (LIC) 21-18, 21-17; Munawer Mohammed (Ker) bt Safi Akram 21-14, 21-8; H.S. Prannoy (Pet) bt Saurabh Pardeyar (HP) 21-10, 21-12; Lakshya Sen (Utr) bt Lalhlimpuia (Miz) 21-4, 21-8; S. Daniel Farid (Kar) bt Rohit Yadav 21-15, 14-21, 24-22; Harsheel Dani (Mah) bt Ankur Sangpang Rai (Nag) 21-11, 21-11; Kaushal Dharmamer (AAI) bt Shubham Prajapati (MP) 21-7, 22-20; Neeraj Vashisth (Rly) bt Aswin Paul (Ker) 21-14, 21-12; Sourabh Verma (Pet) bt Nikhilesh Sarma (Asm) 21-10, 21-12; M. G. Hemanth (Kar) bt Gaurav Parmar (CAG) 21-16, 21-14; Pratul Joshi (AAI) bt R.K. Manajit Singh (Miz) 21-13, 21-10; Sameer Verma (Pet) bt Shyam Prasad (Ker) 21-8, 21-9.

Women: Shruti Mundada (Mah) bt Megha Bora Morchara (Asm) 21-12, 21-13; Anura Prabhudesai (AAI) bt Meghana Kulkarni (Kar) 21-3, 21-9; Tanvi Lad (Pet) bt Preety Singh (Meg) 21-12, 21-11; K. Sri Krishna Priya (TS) bt Riya Mookerjee (UP) 21-12, 21-14; Shriyanshi Pardeshi (MP) bt Priyanka Kumawat (Raj) 21-12, 21-14; Arundhati Pantawane (Pet) bt Mudra Dhainje (Mah) 23-21, 21-12; Saili Rane (Rly) bt Vaishnavi Bhale (Mah) 21-11, 16-21, 21-14; Sai Uttejitha Rao Ch. (AP) bt Vibha Jitendra Prasad (Bhr) 21-7, 21-11; Rasike Raje (AAI) bt Deyashi Kanjibiliya (Jhr) 21-8, 21-9; Neha Pandit (Mah) bt Sanya Sethi (Cht) 21-9, 21-13; Ananya Goel (Del) bt Sheshadri Shanyal (WB) 21-11, 21-9; Shenan Christian (Guj) bt Angita Naorem (Man) 21-17, 21-9; Rituparna Das (TS) bt Kanika Kanwal (AI) 21-11, 16-21, 21-10; Anuriya Das (Rly) bt Yajum Laa (ANP) 17-21, 21-7, 21-15.

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