Bhubaneswar: Karnataka girl Ashita Singh caused the biggest upset of the ongoing Yonex-Sunrise 33rd National Sub-Junior Badminton Championships 2019, knocking out third seed Manya Alvani of Maharashtra 21-18, 21-19 in their U-15 singles match at Saheed Nagar Indoor Hall here today.
But top seed and Asian Junior runner-up Tara Saha (Maharashtra), second seed Anupama Upadhyaya (Haryana) and fourth seed Radhika Sharma (Punjab) registered straight-game wins to join Ashita in the pre-quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, U-15 boys’ singles top seed Raghav (Haryana) secured his place in pre-quarterfinals without shedding any sweat as he received walk-over against Yohenba Singh N (Assam) at East Coast Railway Indoor Stadium.
Two pairs of quarterfinalists were identified in U-15 girls’ doubles event on the third day of the championship, which is being hosted by Odisha for the first time. They were: top seed Kerala duo Andrea Sarah Kurien, Pavithra Naveen and second seed Karnataka combination of Gayathri Rani Jaiswal and Karnika Sree S.
U15 Girls Singles: Round 32: Tara Shah (MAH) (1) bt Anshika Kumawat (RAJ) 21-18, 21-18. Anupama Upadhyaya (HAR) (2) bt Kaarthikeyani Peramburi (AP) 21-11, 21-13. Radhika Sharma (PNB) (4) bt Shruthi DV (TN) 21-10, 21-18. Ashita Singh (KTK) bt Manya Alvani (MAH) (3) 21-18, 21-19.
U15 Girls Doubles: Round 16: Andrea Sarah Kurien-Pavithra Naveen (KER) (1) bt Muskaan Chatterjee-Ahana Dhar (WB) 21-10, 21-8. Gayathri Rani Jaiswal-Karnika Sree S (KTK) (2) bt Rashmitha Donepudi-Navya Kanderi (AP) 21-19, 21-14.
U15 Boys Singles: Round-32: Raghav (HAR) (1) bt Yohenba Singh N (ASM) walk-over.
U17 Mixed Doubles: Round 32: Ayan Rashid-Tasnim Mir (ASM-GUJ) (1) bt Harshit Gupt Jr-Jasmine Rawat (RAJ-CHG) 21-14, 21-13.