Kakatiya University (Warangal) men knocked out last year’s runner-up Mahatma Gandhi University (Kottayam) and Jain University (Bangalore) women upset No. 2 NTR University of Health Sciences (Vijayawada) in the super quarterfinals of the South Zone inter-university badminton tournament in Kakinada on Friday. Jain went on to make Saturday’s women’s final where it will meet holder MG University.
In other upsets of the day, when last year’s top four teams joined the main draw in the super quarterfinals, the losing semifinalists in the women’s section — University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram and VIT University, Vellore — were eliminated by Osmania and Anna respectively.
Men: Super quarterfinals: Kakatiya (Warangal) bt Mahatma Gandhi (Kottayam) 3-1 (D. Anand Balu bt Dilshad 21-18,13-21,21-8; Vikash Harsh bt Ravi Shankar 21-12,21-12; Khaja Jaleel Ahmed and Happy Vinod lost to Dilshad and Ashiwn 6-21,10-21; Khaja bt Balasubramanian 24-22,21-14).
Cochin University of Science and Technology bt JNTU-Kakinada 3-1 (Ranjit Sunny lost to S. Aravind 11-21,19-21; S. Sunjit bt Sk. Azharuddin 21-10,21-16; Sunjit & Neeraj bt Aravind & T. Sneha 22-20,22-10; S. Pravin bt T. Sneha 21-7,21-15).
Osmania (Hyderabad) bt Anna (Chennai) 3-1 (M. Arjun Reddy bt C. Ashwin 21-17,22-20; Devansh Jaiswal bt K. Sri Teja 21-16,21-16; Arjun Reddy & O. Prahas lost to Ashwin & A.K. Sudarshan 13-21,21-15,19-21; V. Renuka Kiran Mouli bt M. Sai Tanuj 21-6,21-16).
Quarterfinals: Kakatiya bt Bharathiar (Coimbatore) 3-0, Andhra (Visakhapatnam) bt Bangalore 3-1, JNTU-K bt Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science (Bangalore) 3-0, Anna bt Madurai-Kamaraj 3-0).
Pre-quarterfinals: Kakatiya bt University of Kerala 3-0, Anna bt Bharathidasan (3-0, M-K bt TN PES (Chennai) 3-1, Bharathiar bt Visvesvaraya Technological (Karnataka) 3-1.
Women: Semifinals: Mahatma Gandhi bt Anna 2-0 (Arathi Sara Sunil bt I.G. Laxmi 21-11,21-9; Metha Merin and Sneha Sanithalal bt Laxmi and Nikhita Sushanth 21-13,21-5).
Jain (Bangalore) bt Osmania 2-0 (Jacqueline Rose Kunnath bt Ch. Poornima 21-15,21-10; Rose & Uttara Prakash bt Poornima & Rebecca 21-11,21-10).
Super quarterfinals: Jain bt NTR UHS (Vijayawada) 2-0 (Uttara bt K. Sravanthi 21-11,21-15; Uttara and Rose bt Sk. Reshma & Sravanthi 21-6,21-12), Osmania bt Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram) 2-1 (Rebecca bt N. Neetu 21-10,21-8; Poornima & Krupali lost to R. Divya & Malavika Mathur 19-21,21-17,21-19; Poornima bt Malavika 21-15,21-19).
Anna bt VIT (Vellore) 2-0 (Laxmi bt Sherin Abraham 21-8, 21-15; Laxmi and Nikhita bt Sherin and Spoorthi 21-13,21-10); Mahatma Gandhi bt Christ (Bangalore) 2-0 (Arathi bt Raksha 21-5,21-3; Sneha and Haritha bt Raksha and Ragyeshri 21-3,21-5).
Quarterfinals: Jain bt Bharathidasan (Thiruchi) 2-0, Osmania bt Manipal 2-0, Anna bt JNTU-K 2-0, Christ bt Karnataka State Women’s 2-0.