Rahul Bhardhvaj into finals of Junior National Badminton Championships

Guwahati, December 17 – Sixth seeded Rahul Bhardhvaj of Air India scored an upset victory over top seeded Arintap Dasgupta of West Bengal to breeze into the finals of under-19 boys’ singles competition of the 42nd Junior National Badminton Championships here at the Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium on Sunday. Rahul started on a strong note and ran away with the opening 21-12 in no time. In the second game, Arintap did try to make a comeback but Rahul managed to stave him off and won the second game 21-17 to move into the finals and will face the winner of the match that will be played between Aryaman Tandon and Abhishek Saini.

In the boys’under-17 category, fourth seeded Maisnam Meiraba of Manipur steamrolled ImanSonowal of Assam 21-13, 21-19 to set the summit clash with Amit Rathore ofMadhya Pradesh who stunned the top seeded Dhruv Rawat of Uttarakhand 21-13,21-14. Top seeded Akarshi Kashyap of Chhattisgarh posted a comfortable 21-12,21-16 victory over Trisha Hedge of Karnataka to book a berth in the final ofthe under-17 girls’ singles category. She will take on second seeded MalvikaBansod of Maharashtra who beat Unnati Bisht of Uttarakhand 21-12, 21-13.

In the girls’ under-19 event, Akarshi qualified for the semifinals to stay oncourse for twin delight in the tournament after her opponent Aadya Variyath ofKeral retired mid-way during the first game. She will face Malvika for a spotin the finals who beat Dipti Kuity of Gujarat 21-12,21-19. Seventh seeded IraSharma of Haryana pulled off an upset 21-15, 21-13 victory over second seededPurva Barve of Air India to set up a last four meeting with Vaidehi Choudhariof Maharashtra. Vaidehi beat local favourite Ashmita Chaliha 23-21, 9-21, 21-19in a grueling encounter. 

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