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Gurusaidutt advances to semis, Thulasi knocked out of Tata Ope

Friday, 13 December 2013 - 8:17pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

 Top seed R M V Gurusaidutt entered the men's singles semi-finals, but women's defending champion P C Thulasi and reigning national champion Sayali Gokhale were knocked out of the $15,000 Tata Open India International Challenge Badminton tournament here today.

Gurusaidutt, the defending men's champion, came through two rounds to reach the last four.

First he outclassed compatriot Mohit Kamat in pre-quarter finals and then the title holder stepped up his play when needed in the second game after trailing 4-7 to shut out Chinese Taipei rival Chia Hung Lu 21-12 21-18.

Thulasi, seeded fourth, could not counter the pace and power of her Chinese Taipei rival Chia Tsin Lee, the sixth seed, and went down in straight games.

The Indian shuttler made a strong recovery from 0-13 in the second game before losing the quarterfinal tie 14-21 18-21 at the Cricket Club of India here.

Eighth seeded Sayali, who won the national crown last year at Srinagar, gave a good fight to Chinese Taipei's Yu Chieh Cheng before losing 10-21 25-23 21-19 in the pre-quarterfinals.

For the major part of the one hour encounter between Sayali and Cheng, the Indian looked most likely to make the last eight grade. But it was Cheng's ability to raise the bar on crucial points that made the difference.

Also knocked out in the pre-quarters was the corresponding men's seed Anup Sridhar who was beaten 21-15 21-10 by Taipei's Chia Hung Lu.

Men's fourth seed Saurabh Varma completely dominated his challenger, junior national champion Aditya Joshi, in an one-sided quarterfinal match to enter the semis with a thumping 21-8 21-9 victory.

Gurusaidutt will meet Varma tomorrow.

Last year's losing finalist and tournament top seed Febby Angguni of Indonesia sailed through to the last four with a 21-8 21-13 demolition of fifth seeded Indian rival Saili Rane in their quarterfinal match.

Results (all Indians unless stated otherwise): Men's singles (pre quarter finals): R M V Gurusaidutt (1) def. Mohit Kamat 21-15 21-19; Chia Hung Lu, TPE, def. Anup Sridhar (8) 21-15 21-10; Sourabh Varma (4) def. Yi-Hsiang Yang, TPE, 21-7 21-15; Aditya Joshi def. Neeraj Vashist 16-21 21-10 21-14; Chetan Anand (6) def. Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed, MDV, 21-15 21-9; H S Prannoy (3) def. Talar Laa 21-15 21-13; Sheng-Jie Yang, TPE, def. Harsheel Dani 14-21 21-19 21-19; B Sai Praneeth (2) def. Aditya Prakash 21-14 21-12.

Quarter finals: R M V Gurusaidutt (1) def. Chia Hung Lu, TPE, 21-12 21-18; Saurabh Varma (4) def. Aditya Joshi 21-8 21-9.

Women's singles (Pre quarter finals): Febby Angguni (1), INA, def. Arathi Sara Sunil 21-14 21-4; Saili Rane (5) def. Wen Chi Hsu, TPE, 19-21 21-19 21-14; Dinar Dyah Ayustine, INA, def. Neha Pandit 21-14 21-7; Yu Chieh Cheng, TPE, def. Sayali Gokhale (8) 10-21 25-23 21-19; Chia Hsin Lee (6), TPE, def. Lekha Handunkuttihettige, SRI, 18-21 21-14 21-9; P C Thulasi (4) def. Mohita Sahdev 21-17 21-14; Trupti Murgunde (7) def. Riya Pillai 21-13 21-15; Ana Rovita, INA, def. Karishma Wadkar 21-12 21-11;

Quarter finals: Chia Hsin Lee (6), TPE, def. P C Thulasi (4) 21-14 21-18; Febby Angguni (1), INA, def. Saili Rane (5) 21-8 21-13.

Mixed doubles (Quarter finals): Kona Tarun and Ashwini Ponnappa (1) def. Tien Tzu Chieh and Ching Hui Chang, TPE, 21-14 21-17; Pranaav Jerry Chopra and K Maneesha (4) def. Chee Tean Tan and Shevon Jemie Lai, MAS, 21-15 21-16; Akshay Dewalkar and Pradnya Gadre (3) def. K Nandagopal and N Siki Reddy 21-10 21-17; Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan (2) def. Ko-Chi Chang and Hsin Tien Chang, TPE, 21-18 21-13.

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