India on course for clean sweep
GUWAHATI, Dec 7: Indian contingent stayed on course for a clean sweep in the 1st South Asian Regional Badminton Tournament with all the shuttlers in action today making it to the finals here at the Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium.
In the men’s singles competition top seeded Aryaman Tandon beat fourth seeded Nabin Shrestha of Nepal in a grueling three game match. Aryaman began on an aggressive note and won the opening game 21-6. However, the Nepalese shuttler came back stronger to seal the second game 21-19. With the match tied 1-1, both the players were on top of their game and took the match to the wire with the Indian finally prevailing 21-19.
He will now face his compatriot Arintap Dasgupta in the finals tomorrow. Taking on the second seeded Dipesh Dhami of Nepal, the third seeded Indian went down 20-22 in the first game. The Indian launched a strong comeback and won the next two games 21-15, 21-14 to run away with the win.
The girls’ singles competition will also be an All Indian affair with Aakarshi Kashyap and local star Ashmita Chaliha both winning their respective matches. Top seeded Akarshi posted a rather comfortable 21-1, 21-3 victory over Jessica Gurung 21-1, 21-3, while unseeded Ashmita pulled off a stunning upset 21-6, 21-5 win over the second seeded Nafha Nasrullah of Maldives.
In the men’s doubles, Arintap paired up with Krishna Prasad to beat Bangladeshi duo of Jumar Al Amin Amin and Gaurav Singh 21-11, 21-13 to cruise into the finals. They will now face the top seeded Nepalese duo of Dipesh Dhami and Nabin Shrestha.
The second seeded girls’ double pair of Ashmita and Mithula U K prevailed over Jessica Gurung and Sunayna Mukhiya of Nepal 21-11, 21-12 to advance into the finals. They will be up take on top seeded Maldivian team of Fathmath Nabaaha and Aminath Nabeeha who got the better of Reshma Akhtar and Urmi Akther of Bangladesh 21-14, 21-15.
In the mixed doubles event, Krishna Parsad and Mithulla UK, seeded first beat Gautam Kathayat and Rashila Maharjan of Nepal 21-11, 21-12 to set up a final date with Bangladesh’s Jumar Al Amin Amin and Urmi Akhter who beat Arsalaan Ali and Aminath Nabeeha of Maldives 21-14, 21-13.
Boys’ singles – Aryaman Tandon (1), India bt Nabin Shrestha (4), Nepal 21-6, 19-21, 21-19, Arintap Dasgupta (3), India bt Dipesh Dhami (2),Nepal 20-22, 21-15, 21-14
Girls’ singles – Aakarshi Kashyap (1), India bt Jessica Gurung (3,) Nepal 21-1, 21-3, Ashmita Chaliha, India bt Nafha Nasrullah (2), Maldives 21-6, 21-5
Boys’ doubles – Arintap Dasgupta/Krishna Parsad (2), India bt Jumar Ali Amin Amin/Gaurav Singh, Bangladesh 21-11,21-13
Girls’ doubles-Fathmath Nabaaha /Aminath Nabeeha (1), Maldives bt Reshma Akhtar/Urmi Akhter , Bangladesh 21-14, 21-15, Ashmita Chaliha/Mithulla U K (2), India bt Jessica Gurung/ Sunayna Mukhiya, Nepal 21-11, 21-12
Mixed doubles – Krishna Parsad G/ Mithulla U K (1), India bt Gautam Kathayat/Rasila Maharjan, Nepal 21-3,21-11, Jumar Ali Amin Amin/Urmi Akhter, Bangladesh bt Arsalaan Ali/Aminath Nabeeha, Maldives 21-14, 21-13