SPORT

Nimma advances

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUG. 1. Favourite Nimma Lakshmi breezed into the women's singles semifinals of the 20th TKV memorial all-Kerala ranking badminton tournament at the Indoor Recreation centre here on Sunday.

Nimma thrashed Deepa Titus (Tvm) 11-0, 11-0 to book a place in last four. In men's section, top seed Thomas Kurien was in ominous form as he trounced Nazaruddin 15-2, 15-1 to enter the quarterfinals. The progress of seeds in men's section was orderly with all the top guns making it into the quarterfinals without breaking much sweat.

The results:

Men's singles (pre-quarterfinals): Thomas Kurien (ONGC) bt Nazaruddin (Tvm) 15-2, 15-1; Ayyappan Krishnan (Tvm) bt Joemon George (Ekm) 10-15, 15-3, 15-4; Vineeth Manuel (Koz) bt P.A. Alfred (Ekm) 15-11, 10-15, 15-5; Sanave Thomas (Central Excise) bt Tariq Mohammed (15-1, 15-3; Savan Navas (Ekm) bt V. Arun (FCI) 15-2, 15-8; Antony K.Jacob (Ekm) bt K. Madhu (RBI) 15-3, 15-8; Joy T. Antony (CPT) bt Sajeev (Tvm) 15-1, 15-2; K.A. Aneesh (Ekm) bt Sasikumar (Tvm).

Doubles (first round): V. Arun/Suresh Kumar (FCI) bt Padmanabhan/Praveen 15-7, 15-4; Mohan Das/Ajith (AG's Office) bt K. Moorthy/Alexander George (LIC) 12-15, 15-12, 15-3; K. Madhu/Rajesh Das (RBI) bt K.Rajesh/Satheesh (Tvm) 15-8, 15-9; Thomas Kurien (ONGC)/Jaison Xavier (LIC) bt Sajeev/Subi (AG's Office) 15-0, 15-4.

Women's singls (quarterfinals): Nimma Lakshmi (Tsr) bt Deepa Titus (Tvm) 11-0, 11-0.

First round: Zina Raveendran (Tvm) w/o Greeshma Balakrishnan (Ekm); Samjida Majid (Ekm) bt Aparna Das (Tvm) 11-6, 11-4.

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