S.R. Suryanarayan

PANAJI: The test is over and the results are out. The worthy qualifiers, each of whom had to go through gruelling sessions on Sunday, were identified for the main draw competition which will get underway after the two-day inter-State matches in the senior National badminton championship starting on Monday. The success of two junior pairs was the highlight of the men’s doubles event. R.M.V. Guru Sai Dutt and K. Tarun (AP) and Arun Nandaluri (AI) and Anil Kumar Raju (AP) qualified for the main phase.

The focus now shifts to the inter-State competition where it is difficult to look beyond PSCB. Comprising the best Indian talent in both the men’s and women’s sections, PSCB is virtually the National team.

The results (final qualifying phase): Men: Singles (eight qualifiers): Ajay Ram (Mah) bt Y. Sumeet (Kar) 21-13, 21-4; Nikhil Kohlatkar (Mah) bt Ratikanta Saha (WB) 22-20, 21-15; P. Vinay Kumar Reddy (AP) bt Prasad Shetty (Mah) 21-8, 21-8; B. Kiran Kumar (AP) bt Venkatesh Prasad (Kar) 21-13, 21-8; Rajib Goswami (Asm) bt Bhushan Anwekar (Kar) 21-14, 21-13; C.M. Sashidhar (AP) bt G. Suresh (AP) 21-10, 21-8; N.N. Vinayak (AP) bt S. Appa Ra (Rly) 21-18, 21-13; Rajiv Bajaj (Rly) bt Manish Gupta (Chd) 19-21, 21-19, 21-14.

Doubles (eight qualifiers): B. Kiran Kumar (AP) & K. Tanishq (BSNL) bt D. Geoffray & R. Mahendran (TN) 21-19, 21-17; Abhidanya Sawant (Mah) & Prasad Shetty (AP) bt Arjun Prasad & P.S. Hersen (Ker) 21-16, 23-21; R.M.V. Guru Sai Dutt & K. Tarun (AP) bt Romit Dodeja & Harsheel Shah (Kar) 21-17, 21-11; Arun Nandaluri (AI) & Anil Kumar Raju (AP) bt S. Lenin & Anand (Ker) 21-16, 21-14; Prashant Bahatre (Mah) & Manish Ralwat (Rly) bt Venkatesh Prasad & Jagdish Yadav (Kar) 21-19, 21-19; N.N. Vinayak & Uday Bhaskar (AP) bt Chaitanya Naik & Hrishikesh Kulkarani (Mah) 21-16, 21-17; Amey Joshi & Nikhil Kohlatkar (Mah) bt Siyadath (AP) & Amit Saxena (MP) 21-14, 21-19; Tanvir Gill (Del) & S.D.S. Krishna (Kar) bt Rajib Goswami (Asm) & Joy T. Antony (Ker) 21-12, 20-22, 21-17.

Women: Singles (four qualifiers): Gayatari Vartak (Mah) bt Tanmoyee Nandi (WB) 21-13, 21-12; Parssa Naqvi (Rly) bt K. Radhika Reddy (AP) 21-14, 21-10; Mudra Dhainje (Mah) bt Monisha Vinayak (Kar) 21-15, 19-21, 30-29; M. Shruti (Rly) bt Saumya Padhye (Kar) 23-21, 21-17.

Doubles (two qualifiers): B. Deepthi Priyadarshini & V. Jyothi Swaroopa (AP) bt N. Suswetha (AP) & Monisha Vinayak (Kar) 21-11, 16-21, 21-16; Jui Agaskar & Mudra Dhainje (Mah) bt Radhika Reddy (AP) & Tanmoyee Nandi (WB) 21-17, 21-13.

Mixed doubles (four qualifiers): B. Deepthi Priyadarshini (AP) & Jayan James (Rly) bt Krishti Das (Asm) & Abhijeet Dutt (BSNL) 21-13, 21-12; Abantika Deka & Dibjyoti Bora (Asm) bt M. Shruti (Rly) & Joy T. Anthony (Ker) 21-17, 21-15; V. Jyothi Swaroopa & T. Krishna (AP) bt Vijay Rani & Shiva Nand (Kar) 21-9, 21-6; Saumya Padhye (Kar) & Sanker P. Gopan (Ker) also qualified.

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