Defending champion Delhi, led by Mansho (8), scored a 20-10 victory over Chhattisgarh to enter the semifinal of the 41st senior National handball championship for women at Venkatagiri Raja College ground at Nellore on Thursday.

In the other semifinal matches Punjab, powered by Rajwant Kaur (13), defeated Maharashtra 35-24. At half time, Maharashtra was leading by a slender 14-13 margin. Haryana, which finished third in last year’s edition, defeated Uttar Pradesh 19-15. At the breather, Haryana was leading 15-8.

The results: Quarterfinals: Delhi bt Chhattisgarh 20-10, Haryana bt Uttar Pradesh 19-15, Punjab bt Maharashtra 35-24.

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