Navi Mumbai : Maharashtra’s juniors, boys and girls, led by Arya Bhivapathaki and Mrunmayee Soji , gave their side a flying start as they notched up a effortless 3-0 win over Goa in the semi-finals of the junior mix team event of the West Zone inter-state badminton championships, organised by BOR (Badminton Organisation of Raigadh) and hosted by DY Patil Sports Academy at their stadium’s badminton hall, at Nerul, here today.
Arya quelled the challenge of Tejan Fallari with an easy21-9, 21-9 win, while Mrunmayee faced some anxious moments initially before she defeated Pranjal Chimulkar21-15, 21-15.
Their doubles combination of Deep Rambhia and Pranajeet Shirodkar were pretty aggressive as they outplayed Dhruv Angle and Tejan Fallari 2-14, 21-8 to wrap up the tie.
They take on M.P. who likewise proved their mettle as they beat Chhatisgargh 3-1. With losers lone win came through Siddharth Pratap Singh gave MP a jolt as he took the opening single, beating Shubham Prajapati 21-17, 12-12, 21-16.
But their top India ranked junior girl Shriyanshi Pardeshi neutralising as she routed Gargi Joshi 21-8, 21-10. In fact, MP also put out Chhatisgargh 3-0 in the seniors section as well.
Juniors (Semi-finals): Maharashtra bt Goa 3-0: (BS)-Arya Bhivapathaki bt Tejan Fallari 21-9, 21-9; (GS)- Mrunmayee Soji bt Chimulkar 21-15, 21-15; (BD)- Deep Rambhia /Pranajeet Shirodkar bt Dhruv Angle/Tejan Fallari 2-14, 21-8.
(Quarter-finals): Madhya Pradesh bt Chhatisgarh 3-0: (MS)-Abhimanu Singh bt Siddharth Pratap Singh 22-20, 21-12; (WS)-Shriyanshi Pardeshi bt Deepali Gupta 21-17, 21-17; (MD)-Azad Yadav/Shubham Prajapati bt Adity Nair/Sujoy Tamboli 13-21, 24-22, 21-13.
Juniors (Quarterfinals): Madhya Pradesh bt Chhatisgarh 3-1: (BS)-Shubham Prajapati lost to Siddharth Pratap Singh 17-21, 21-12, 16-21; (GS)-Shriyanshi Pardeshi bt Gargi Joshi 21-8, 21-10;(BSE)- Pramesh Patidar/Sanjay Thakur bt N. Sankrit/Shourya Singh 22-20, 13-21, 21-14; (GD)-Kirti Prasad/Sanjeevni Marathe bt Aruni Chauhan/Deeksha Chouhan 11-2, 21-15, 21-15.