Polish Intl: Arundhati runs aground in semis

Podlaskie (Poland): Arundhati Pantwane’s stirring run in the Polish International Championships came to an end in the semifinals on Saturday. The Maharashtra player, who came through three rounds of qualifying and three successive three-setters in the first, second and third rounds, eventually fell to Ukraine’s third seed, Larisa Griga, in the semis. Griga went on to take the title on Sunday, beating Japan’s Yuka Kusunose 21-15 21-16. Spain’s second seed Pablo Abian took the men’s title, beating Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov 21-14 21-12.
En route to the semifinals, Arundhati upset second seed Anastasia Prokopenko 21-15 21-23 22-20 in the first round, Minatsu Mitani (Japan) 10-21 21-19 21-15 in the second round and sixth seed Agnese Allegrini (Italy) 8-21 21-18 21-19 in the quarterfinals.

Arundhati’s run into semis:
Q1: Kamila Augustyn (Ina) 21-11 21-11
Q2: 4-Kristine Sefere (Latvia) 21-16 21-14
Q3: Asumi Kugo (Jpn) 21-8 24-22
1st rd: 2-Anastasia Prokopenko 21-15 21-23 22-20
2nd rd: Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) 10-21 21-19 21-15
Quarters: 6-Agnese Allegrini 8-21 21-18 21-19
Semifinal: lost to 3-Larisa Griga (Ukr) 21-10 21-17


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