P.V. Sindhu and B. Sai Praneeth were given the top billing in women’s and men’s singles respectively in the Vankina Anjini Devi memorial all-India senior ranking badminton tournament to be held at the P. Gopi Chand Academy, Gachibowli from Jan. 23 to 27.

The qualifying rounds will be held on Jan. 23 to 24 and the main draw commences on Jan. 25. This event is one of the selection tournaments to pick the Indian team for the All England championship this March and also for the Swiss Open later on.

The seedings: Men’s singles: B. Sai Praneeth, K. Srikanth, 3. R. M.V. Guru Sai Dutt, 4. Sourabh Varma, 5. Arvind Bhat, 6. Pratul Joshi, 7. H.S. Prannoy, 8. Mayank Behal, 9. Subhankar Dey, 10. Anup Sridhar.

Women’s singles: 1. P.V. Sindhu, 2. Neha Pandit, 3. Trupti Murgunde, 4. Tanvi Lad, 5. P.C. Thulasi, 6. Mohita Sahdev, 7. Arundhati Pantawane, 8. Riya Pillai, 9. Saili Rane, 10. M. Shruti.

SBI basketball

Hyderabad Circle will host the all-India SBI inter-circle basketball championship for men at Victory PG from Jan. 21 to 24.

Associate Banks (the then State Bank of Saurashtra which has now merged with SBI) is the defending champion.

Pruthvik moves up

O. Sai Pruthvik defeated Dhruv Shrivastava 7-1 in the boys’ under-12 first round of the Aster Minds AP State-ranking tennis tournament at Anand TennisAcademy here.

The results: Boys: First round: Under-12: Ch. Pranav Reddy bt V. Koushik Reddy 7-6(2); O. Sai Pruthvik bt Dhruv Shrivastava 7-1; Rahul Chandna bt V. Lokaditya 7-0.

Harshit Chamalakonda bt K. Abhinav Ramakrishna 7-6(8); Yash Rayasa bt K. Siddanth Reddy 7-1.

Ronav Patil bt B. Nikhil 7-1; S. Pranav bt C. Sivanesan 70-1; Ch. Vishwak bt A. Stephen Asish 7-6(5).

U-14: Shaik Ahmed bt M. Nihal 7-0; Akshit Reddy bt Syed Hurr Ali 7-3; Ch. Pranav Reddy bt M. Manvik Nanda 7-2; T. Pranit Vamsi bt T. Sumant 7-2; Syed Kareemullah bt Arven Khanna 7-3; R. Yuvraj bt Anirudh Bhupal Rao 7-1; S. Satwik bt V. Koushik Kumar Reddy 7-4.

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