South Asian Games 2019: Indian shuttlers assured of two more gold medals

Ashmita Chaliha, Gayatri Gopichand won their respective semifinals to set up an all-Indian summit clash in the women’s singles category at the South Asian Games.

Gayatri Gopichand registered an easy 21-17, 21-14 win over Dilmi Dias of Sri Lanka.   -  Special Arrangement

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

While top-seed Ashmita thrashed her Sri Lankan opponent Achini Ratnasiri 21-5, 21-7, Gayatri registered an easy 21-17, 21-14 win over Dilmi Dias of Sri Lanka.

India dominated the men’s singles category as well with Aryaman Tondon and Siril Verma setting up the final clash after winning their respective semi-finals.

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 over 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, who beat Nepal's Prince Dahal and P Maharajan 21-11 21-19 in the final.

However, India’s challenge came to an end in the women’s double category after both the pairs -- Kuhoo Garg and Anoushka Parikh and Meghana Jakkampudi and N Sikki Reddy -- lost in the semifinals.

In mixed doubles, top seeded Indian pair of Dhruv and Meghana entered the final after beating Nepal’s Bikash Shresta and Anu Maya Rai 21-14 21-13.

All the final matches will be played on Friday.