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World No.9 HS Prannoy knocked out of Senior Nationals in second round | Badminton News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: World No. 9 HS Prannoy on Saturday suffered a shock defeat in the second round of the 84th Senior National Badminton Tournament, on a day several seeded players perished.
In the day’s most sensational result, the top seed Prannoy lost 12-21, 15-21 to Kiran George of Airport Authority of India (AAI). In the women’s event, the second seed Tanya Hemant was knocked out by Aakarshi Kashyap at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
In another men’s singles match, second seed Kidambi Srikanth also struggled before getting his act together against Manipur’s Maisnam Meiraba, who went down 19-21, 21-18, 17-21 after giving a good fight.
Srikanth managed to win a game point in the first game, but Meiraba bounced back in the second. The decider was no different, as both shuttlers were tied 13-13.
Srikanth put himself in a comfortable lead by winning the next four points in a row, but Meiraba didn’t let his opponent have an easy way out and again levelled the scores at 17-17. At that crucial juncture, Srikanth’s experience gave him the edge as he pocketed the game by winning the next four points.
In the women’s singles, Aakarshi impressed with her performance in the seniors.
All eyes were on Tanya, who had won the women’s singles title in the 31st Iran Fajr International Challenge in Tehran earlier this month. She started well with an 11-7 lead in the first game, but Aakarshi soon found the momentum and put Tanya in a tight corner with a 14-12 lead.
The second game saw Aakarshi enjoying a 12-6 lead, but Tanya again fought and levelled the scores at 16-16 and then at 20-20. In the end Aakarshi emerged the winner.
In other matches, Aditi Bhat knocked out seventh seed Saad Dharmadhikari 21-11, 21-5, while 14th seed Deepshikha Singh went down to Surya Charishma Tamiri 14-21, 21-10, 11-21.
Eighth seeded Aashi Rawat also suffered an early exit as Ira Shrma scripted a 21-14, 21-19 win over her ranked opponent. Bhavya Rashi defeated 12th seed Deepshika Neredimelli 21-8, 13-21, 21-14.
(With inputs from PTI)





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