Mumbai: India No.4 Kavita Somanchi of Reserve Bank prevailed over Geeta Devi of BSNL in a straight games encounter 25-10, 25-10 to enter the women’s singles quarterfinals of the All India Public Sector Carrom Tournament in Mumbai on Thursday.In another pre-quarter final match, Kajal Kumari of Indian Oil overcame stiff challenge from Life Insurance Corporation of India’s Shilpa Palnitkar, the Maharashtra state champion, 11-25, 25-0, 25-12.
Earlier, Shilpa had shocked former World Champion S Illavazhaki of ONGC 0-25, 25-11, 25-16 in a thrilling three-game second round encounter.In another close three-game encounter, Khushbu Kumari of Indian Oil prevailed over her teammate Madhuri Tayshetye 25-1, 14-25, 25-19 to advance into the quarterfinals.
In another match, former world champion S Apoorva of LIC easily prevailed over Bunti Laishram of BSNL 25-4, 25-11 to advance further. Current national and world champion Rashmi Kumari also made the grade comfortably.In the men’s team championship, Zone-1 winners Indian Oil will play against Reserve Bank of India who finished second in Zone-2 with six points. Zone-2 winners Air India ‘B’ will clash with Air India ‘A’ who finished second in the Zone-2 with six points.