Aditi Mutatkar will contest for her first title against Arundhati Pantwane
Rohtak (Haryana): Bangalore boy Arvind Bhat and Hyderabad’s P Kashyap will face off for the men’s singles title at the National Badminton Championships here on Sunday. In semifinal action, 2008 champion Arvind Bhat overcame Saurabh Verma, who had in the quarterfinals upset reigning champion Chetan Anand, while Kashyap weathered a stiff challenge from city-mate Sai Praneeth, 18-21 21-14 21-19.
The women’s singles will see a new champion. Aditi Mutatkar beat Padukone Academy-teammate Neha Pandit, while Arundhati Pantwane, of the Gopichand Academy, surprised recent Tata Open champion and fourth seed PC Thulasi in a three-game thriller that went 24-22 in the final game.
There were no surprises in the combined events. Rupesh Kumar/ Sanave Thomas progressed to yet another men’s doubles final, while the mixed and women’s doubles will be a contest between the No.1 and No.2 seeds.
Results: All semifinals: MS: Arvind Bhat bt Saurabh Verma 21-15 13-21 21-9; P Kashyap bt Sai Praneeth 18-21 21-14 21-19
WS: 7-Aditi Mutatkar bt 3-Neha Pandit 21-15 18-21 21-13; Arundhati Pantwane bt 4-PC Thulasi 21-14 19-21 24-22
MD: Rupesh/ Sanave bt Dewalkar/ Arun Vishnu 21-16 21-13; Manu Attaree/ Jishnu Sanyal bt 2-Pranav Chopra/ Tarun Kona 21-19 21-17
WD: 1-Aparna Balan/ Prajakta Sawant bt Meenakshi Nair/ Mohita Sachdev 21-15 21-11;
Pradnya Gadre/ Jyotshna P bt 4-Shruti Kurien/ Nitya Sosale 21-13 21-18
MXD: 1-Arun Vishnu/ Aparna Balan bt Srikanth K/ Jyotshna P 21-18 21-15; 2-Pranav Chopra/ Prajakta Sawant Akshay Dewalkar/ Pradnya Gadre 19-21 21-16 21-19