Second seed Soumya Swaminathan’s smooth sail continued in the 40th National women’s challengers championship as she registered her fourth successive win here on Sunday. S

he is in the sole lead with four points at the end of the fourth round.

Half-a-point behind in the second position are eight players — Nisha Mohota, U. Ashwini, M. Mahalakshmi, who shocked fifth seed Kiran Monisha Mohanty, Srija Seshadri, who held top seed Padmini Rout, Aarthie Ramaswamy, Swati Ghate, G. Lasya and Ivana Maria Furtado.

Important results (fourth round): Soumya Swaminathan 4 bt Swati Mohota 3; U. Ashwini 3.5 drew with Nisha Mohota 3.5; Padmini Rout 3 drew with Srija Seshadri 3; M. Mahalakshmi 3.5 bt Kiran Monisha Mohanty 2.5; Swati Ghate 3.5 bt Sakshi Chitlange 2.5; G. Lasya 3.5 bt P. Michelle Catherina 2.5; R. Preethi 2.5 lost to Aarthie Ramaswamy 3.5.

Rutuja Bakshi 2.5 lost to Ivana Maria Furtado 3.5; Bhakti Kulkarini 3 bt Supriya Joshi 2.5; Priya 2 lost to Pratyusha Bodda 3; Rucha Pujairi 2.5 drew with Hinduja Reddy 2.5; G. Sandhya 2 lost to J. Saranya 3; Nimmy A. George 3 bt C.H. Meghna 2; R. Bharathi 2.5 drew with Arpita Mukherjee 2.5.

G.K. Monisha 3 bt Priyanka Nutakki 2; Anshul Kaushik 3 bt R. Vaishali 2; Hilmi Parveen 2.5 drew with P. Bala Kannamma 2.5; Rutumbara Bidhar 2 lost to Sitali Shetye 3; Rhythm Bhatia 2 lost to V. Varshini 3; S. Anjana Krishna 2.5 drew with Bhagya Jayesh 2.5.

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