South Asian C’ship: Aryaman & Co. ensure successful day for India

Four Indian shuttlers advanced to the semifinals of the tourney.

Local favourite Ashmita Chaliha defeated Urmi Akhter of Bangladesh and Fatmath Nabaaha of Maldives.   -  Ranjeet Kumar (File Photo)

Four Indian shuttlers advanced to the semifinals in what was a successful day for India at the South Asian Regional badminton tournament here on Wednesday.

Aryaman Tandon and Arintap Dasgupta stole the limelight in the boys’ singles competition, while Akarshi Kashyap and Ashmita Chaliha kept India’s flag flying high in the girls’ singles event.

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Aryaman, seeded one in the tournament, defeated Mohamed Akif of Maldives 21-6, 21-14 to set up a semifinal meeting with his compatriot and third seeded Arintap Dasgupta, who got the better of Gaurav Singh of Bangladesh 21-7, 21-8.

Convincing win

Top seeded Aakarshi Kashyap breezed into the semifinals with a convincing 21-6, 21-5 victory over Rashila Maharjan of Nepal. She will now take on Jessica Gurung, also from Nepal, who beat Reshma Akhtar of Bangladesh 21-13, 21-12.

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Local favourite Ashmita was also in great form as she won both matches she played in the day. She first defeated Urmi Akhter of Bangladesh 21-10, 21-17 in the round-of-16 clash before walloping fourth seeded Fatmath Nabaaha of Maldives 21-17, 21-11.

Ashmita will now face Nafha Nasrullah of Maldives in the next round.

Key results
  • Boys’ singles: Aryaman Tandon (1) (India) bt Mohamed Aakif (Maldives) 21-6, 21-14; Nabin Shrestha (4) (Nepal) bt L. Tshering Tshwing 21-12, 21-5; Arintap Dasgupta (3) (India) bt Gaurav Singh (Bangladesh) 21-7, 21-8; Dipesh Dhami (2) (Nepal) bt Hamidur Rahman Lukman (Bangladesh) 21-9, 21-15.
  • Girls’ Singles: Aakarshi Kashyap (1) (India) bt Rashila Maharjan (Nepal) 21-6, 21-5; Jessica Gurung (3) (Nepal) bt Reshma Akhtar (Bangladesh) 21-13, 21-12; Ashmita Chaliha (India) bt Fathmath Nabaaha (4) (Maldives) 21-7, 21-11; Nafha Nasrullah (2) (Maldives) bt Phuninso Choden Thingh (Bhutan) 21-9, 21-19.

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