Mumbai : Pinky Karki of Arunachal Pradesh and Maharashtra’s Aditi Kunte, both produced solid fighting performances to advance to the third round of the girl’s under-17 qualifying event of the 3rd Gautam Thakkar Memorial All India Junior Badminton Tournament 2014, hosted by the GTMBA (Gautam Thakkar Memorial Badminton Association) and Bombay Gymkhana.
A 12th class student from Itanagar, Pinky snuffed out the challenge from Haryana’s Ayushi Singh by posting a 12-15, 15-12, 15-3 win, at the Bombay Gymkhana courts on Tuesday afternoon.
The tall bespectacled Ayushi started promisingly against her shorter opponent Pinky and went on win a tight opening game 15-12. But in the next she was unable to maintain the momentum which allowed Pinky to fight her way back by claiming the second game by an identical score of 15-12. Having drawn level, Pinky played aggressively and controlled the pace in the third. She quickly opened up a 4-1 lead and gradually extended it to 8-1 before Ayushi managed to win her second point after switching sides on the court. However, Ayushi could offer much resistance to halt Pinky from going on win the game at 15-3 and close out the match.
Aditi also recovered from the loss of the opening to overcome the spirited challenge from Sanjeevani Marathe of Madhya Pradesh by scripting a 9-15, 15-13, 15-7 victory.
In a boy’s under-19 singles encounter, Anubhav Sharma of Delhi and Shripad Kulkarni of Maharashtra were engaged in a grim battle for supremacy before the former came through. The Delhi lad lost the first game but came back strongly winning the next two for a 7-15, 15-8, 15-9 win.
Maharashtra’s Vansh Singh also rallied to put it across Rahul Shah of Uttar Pradesh by snatching a 7-15, 15-11, 15-11 victory to advance to the next round.