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Goa’s doubles duo Lydia-Yasmin storms into finals

Peddem: Goan shuttlers Lydia Barreto and Yasmin Sayed entered the junior girls doubles finals at the West Zone Inter State Badminton Championships (individual events), being played at Multipurpose Stadium, Peddem, on Friday.

The Goan pair defeated Aditi Verma and Anisha Wase of Madhya Pradesh  21-17, 21-16 to set up a gold medal clash with Maharashtra’s Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker.

Goa was assured of its second medal when Lydia Barreto reached the semifinals in the junior girls singles event, before losing to Riya Habbu of Maharashtra.

Maharashtra dominated the day yet again with the girls singles being an all-Maharashtra affair; Tara Shah playing Riya Habbu. They are also competing in the junior and senior mixed doubles finals. In junior mixed doubles, Maharashtra’s Rohan Thool/Simran Singhi will take on Yash Raikwar/Shavi Bhatnagar from Madhya Pradesh while in the senior mixed doubles, Akshan Shetty/ Rashi Lambe (Maharashtra) will be up against Piyush Bobade/Aishwarya Mehta (MP).

The boys doubles final will be a Chhattisgarh and MP affair where Jaiditya Pratap Singh/Rohit Singh face Jayant Sisodia/Kuber Verma.

Gujarat has a chance to clinch the gold in the boys singles where they play Chhattisgarh; Aniruddhsinh Kushwaha will try to get one up over Harshit Thakur.

The day saw the continuation of individual events with the men’s singles semifinal between Priyanshu Rajawat (MP) and Yash Yogi (Chhattisgarh) going up to 27-25 in the 3rd set before the former clinching it.

Priyanshu has set up a title clash with Maharashtra’s Kaushal Dharmamer who defeated Gujarat’s Karan Chauhan in the other semifinal.

Meanwhile, Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker of Maharashtra showcased their class by reaching the finals in girls as well as women’s doubles categories and are in the reckoning for twin gold medals. Their opponents in women’s doubles will be Dipti Kuity and Shenan Christian (Gujarat).

In women’s singles, Shenan Christian (Gujarat) has set up a tile clash with Purva Barve (Maharashtra) while the men’s doubles finals will be contested between Deep Rambhiya / Vignesh Devlekar (Maharashtra) and Piyush Bobade/Shubham Prajapati (MP).

Following are the semifinal results

Boys Singles: Aniruddhsinh Kushwaha (Guj) beat Harshit Thakur (CG) 21-16, 21-11;

Harshit Thakur(CG) beat Rohan Thool(Mah) 21-13, 21-18

Girls Singles: Tara Shah (Mah) beat Hiral Chouhan (CG) 21-10, 21-11; Riya Habbu (Mah) beat Lydia Barreto (Goa) 21-16, 21-3.

Boys Doubles: Jaiditya Pratap Singh/Rohit Singh (CG) beat Aniruddhsinh Kushwaha/Bhavin Karamchandani (Guj) 12-21, 22-20, 21-18; Jayant Sisodia/Kuber Verma (MP) beat Arjun Fallary/Shourya Joshi (Goa) 21-10, 21-23, 21-13.

Girls Doubles: Lydia Barreto/Yasmin Sayed (Goa) beat Aditi Verma/Anisha Wase (MP) 21-17, 21-16; Ritika Thaker/Simran Singhi (Mah) beat Tanushree Sarkar/Tanya Malik (CG) 21-6, 21-12

Junior Mixed Doubles: Yash Raikwar/Shavi Bhatnagar(MP) beat Arjun Fallary/Sachi Dhavalikar (Goa) 21-12, 21-13; Rohan Thool/Simran Singhi (Mah) beat Kunal Sokar/Yuti Gajjar (Guj) 18-21, 21-12, 21-10.

Mens Singles: Priyanshu Rajawat (MP) beat Yash Yogi (CG) 22-24, 21-9, 27-25; Kaushal Dharmamer (Mah) beat Karan Chauhan (Guj) 21-14, 21-9.

Womens Singles: Shenan Christian (Guj) beat Rashi Lambe (Mah) 21-10, 21-12; Purva Barve (Mah) beat Khushboo Patel (MP) 21-12, 21-9.

Mens Doubles: Deep Rambhiya/Vignesh Devlekar (Mah) beat Siddharth Gurkha/Vishal Dave (Guj) 21-23, 21-18, 21-18; Piyush Bobade/Shubham Prajapati (MP) beat Manish Gupta/Sujey Tamboli (CG) 21-12, 21-14.

Women’s Doubles: Ritika Thaker/Simran Singhi (Mah) beat Anshu Sharma/Kirti Prasad (MP) 21-18, 21-13; Dipti Kuity/Shenan Christian (Guj) beat Deksha Choudhary/Dipali Gupta (CG) 21-14, 21-19.

Seniors Mixed Doubles: Akshan Shetty/Rashi Lambe(Mah) beat Hemendrasing Rajput/Maitreyee Khatri(Guj) 21-14, 21-16; Piyush Bobade/Aishwarya Mehta(MP) Tejan Fallary/Anushka Kuvelkar(Goa) 21-12, 8-21, 21-12.

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