Pune: National champion Aditi Mutatkar clinched a pivotal victory over Arundhati Pantwane to inspire KPIT Cummins Sensational Skylarks to a 3-2 win over Flamboyant Flamingos in the Amanora Maharashtra Badminton League on Sunday. In a replay of the national championship final, Aditi managed to win a tense three-setter, 21-18 in the third game, to help Skylarks level a 0-1 deficit. Anand Pawar of Eagles had earlier won the opener against Ankush Jadhav in straight games.
Amey Joshi and Sameer Bhagwat then put the Skylarks ahead with a 21-19 21-19 win over Nishad Dravid and Kihil Kolhatkar, before Varun Sarode clinched the issue with a 21-15 21-11 verdict over Jayendra Dhole. Prajakta Sawant and Prasad Shetty of Eagles restored some pride for Eagles by winning the last match against Pradnya Gadre and Ishan Talwalkar.
Meanwhile, Fabulous Falcons whitewashed Flamboyant Flamingos 5-0.
In the matches held in the evening session, Sensational Skylarks fell 2-3 to Daring Doves, while Inspiring Eagles overcame Gorgeous Gannets by the same margin. The four semifinalists are therefore: Daring Doves, Inspiring Eagles, Sensational Skylarks and Fabulous Falcons. Daring Doves will play Inspiring Eagles and Sensational Skylarks will take on Fabulous Falcons in the semifinals on May 21st at PDMBA Sports Complex. Daring Doves topped the table by winning all their five ties.
Results: Fabulous Falcons bt Flamboyant Flamingos 5-0: (MS: Harshal Dani (Falcons) bt Devavrat Bhalerao (Flamingos) 21-17 21-19; WS: Sayali Gokhale (Falcons) bt Neha Pandit (Flamingos) 21-12 22-20; MD: Jishnu Sanyal/ Abhindya Sawant (Falcons) bt Tom Thomas/ Sagar Chopra (Flamingos) 21-9 21-14; MS 2: Mayank Gole (Falcons) Nigel D’sa (Flamingos) 21-17 14-21 21-17; MXD: Dhanya Nair/ Nihar Tilekar (Falcons) Jui Agaskar/ Shrishail Mitkari (Flamingos) 19-21, 21-14, 21-17)
KPIT Cummins Sensational Skylarks bt Inspiring Eagles 3-2: (MS 1: Anand Pawar (Eagles) bt Ankush Jadhav (Skylarks) 21-6, 21-7; WS: Aditi Mutatkar (Skylarks) bt Arundhati Pantawane (Eagles) 21-19, 13-21, 21-18; MD: Amey Joshi/ Sameer Bhagwat (Skylarks) bt Nishad Dravid/ Nikhil Kolhatkar (Eagles) 21-19 21-19; MS 2: Varun Sarode (Skylarks) bt Jayendra Dhole (Eagles) 21-15, 21-11; MXD: Prajakta Sawant/ Prasad Shetty (Eagles) bt Pradnya Gadre/ Ishan Talwalkar (Skylarks) 21-17 21-12)