National Games badminton: Telangana survive Maharashtra scare, Gujarat bag bronze after losing to Kerala in semis - Surat News

Surat, Oct 2 (IANS) Top seeds Telangana had to dig their heels in to edge out Maharashtra 3-2 in the semifinals of the badminton mixed team championship in the 36th National Games here at the PDDU Stadium on Sunday.

by IANS | Updated Oct 02, 2022

National Games badminton: Telangana survive Maharashtra scare, Gujarat bag bronze after losing to Kerala in semis - Surat News

They will now face the H.S Prannoy-led Kerala team, which got the better of hosts Gujarat 3-1, in the summit clash.

The Telangana-Maharashtra match, expectedly, was a fascinating clash.

Men's doubles specialist Chirag Shetty teamed up with Ritika Thaker to beat Vishnuvardhan Goud and Gayatri Gopichand 21-13, 16-21, 21-15 in 49 minutes to put Maharashtra in the lead.

B. Sai Praneeth, former World Championship bronze medallist, then routed Varun Kapur 21-10, 21-14 to restore parity for Telangana.

It looked like Samiya Imad Farooqui would put the top seeds ahead when she had three match points in the second game against Malvika Bansod. But the left-handed Maharashtra shuttler not only saved those but also went on to win the third and final game.

This meant that the onus to save the tie for Telangana fell on the experienced combination of B. Sumeeth Reddy and Vishnuvardhan Goud. But it looked all lost when Chirag and Viplav Kuvale took the opening game, taking an 11-7 advantage in the second.

Sumeeth and Visnuvardhan, however, turned the tables on them to force the decider. In the third and final game, the Maharashtra combination managed to save three match points but not the match. The Telangana duo won 18-21, 21-19, 23-21, the organisers informed in a release on Sunday.

The women's doubles combination of N. Sikki Reddy and Gayatri Gopichand then breezed past Ritika and Simran Singhi 21-9, 21-16 to hand their team a spot in the final.

"We were aware that the match hinged on the doubles performance. We thought Samiya had a good opportunity against Malvika but somehow she made a few errors to lose the match," said Telangana coach Rajender Kumar.

Earlier, Kerala dashed Gujarat's hopes of reaching the final.

Prannoy was impressive in his 21-15, 21-14 win over Aryamann Tandon after Kerala's mixed doubles duo of M.R Arjun and Treesa Jolly had beaten Dhruvkumar Raval and Aesha Gandhi 21-13, 21-12 in the first match.

Gujarat's top player Tasnim Mir, who is carrying a niggle, was not fielded in either mixed doubles or in the singles. However, Adita Rao registered a consolation 21-12, 21-18 win over Andrea Kurien.

Arjun then combined with Shankarprasad Udayakumar to defeat Purushottam Awate and Bhavi Jadhav 21-12, 21-15 in 25 minutes to wrap up the semifinal.

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