Koya Sai Charan ends Kerala giant-killer Govind Krishna’s aspirations

Koya Sai Charana from Telangana engaged in a rally during his match with Kerala's Govind Krishna during boys singles Badminton competetion in 1st Khelo India School Games

Sixth-seeded Koya Sai Charan (Telangana) today ended Kerala giant-killer Govind Krishna’s dreams of going further and set up a semifinal clash with Aakash Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), seeded seventh, in the boys’ singles badminton competition at the inaugural Khelo India School Games here. Govind Krishna had shown top-seeded Dhruv Rawat the exit in the second round.

Manipur’s National Junior Champion Maisnam Meirba, seeded fourth here, also made it to the last four and will await the winner of the last quarterfinal between Amit Rathore and Rohan Gurbani

Top Seed Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) in action against Mansi Singh from UP during girls singles Badminton competetion in 1st Khelo India School Games

The girls’ singles semifinal line-up was complete with top-seeded Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) due to square up against Unnati Bisht (Uttarakhand) and second seeded Aakarshi Kashyap, the National Junior Champion, scheduled to take on No. 7 Amolika Singh (Uttar Pradesh). The top two seeds were taken to extra points in the second game of their respective quarterfinals.

There was no hint of stress on Malvika when she trailed Manis Singh 18-20 in the second game. She chose to wear Mansi down with long rallies. “She was tiring fast and I knew I would win even if the match went to the decider,” the Nagpur girl, limbering down after the 34-minute battle. “I had to engage her in long rallies and drive to commit mistakes. In the end, that’s what happened.”

The results (quarterfinals):

Boys singles: (6) Koya Sai Charan (Telangana) beat Govind Krishna (Kerala) 21-12, 21-13; (7) Aakash Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) beat Laa Takum (Arunachal Pradesh) 21-15, 21-15; (4) Maisnam Meirba (Manipur) beat (5) K Sathish Kumar (Tamil Nadu) 21-14, 21-8;

Girls singles: (1) Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) beat (8) Mansi Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 21-14, 22-20; (4) Unnati Bisht (Uttarakhand) beat (6) Trishna Hedge (Karnataka) 21-14, 21-13; (7) Amolika Singh (Uttar Pradesh) beat Alfiya Basari (Karnataka) 21-15, 21-17; (2) Aakarshi Kashyap (Chattisgarh) beat (5) Aashi Rawat (Uttar Pradesh) 21-13, 24-22.

Boys doubles: (1) Navaneeth Bokka and Vishnuvardhan Goud (Telangana) beat Kirto Niyorka and Lobsang Sherdang (Arunachal Pradesh) 21-8, 21-11; Ajinkya and Tejas Kallokar (Karnataka) beat (4) Jayant Rana and Suraj Saroha (Haryana) 21-19, 21-14; (3) Kush Chugh and Varun Trikha (Haryana) beat Arjun Rehani and Harsh Rana (Delhi) 11-21, 21-15, 25-23; (2) Aravind V Suresh and Edwin Joy (Kerala) beat Bhavesh Pandey and Saroj (Uttarakhand) 21-10, 21-12.

Girls doubles: (4) Keerthana P Shroff and Medha Shashidharan (Karnataka) beat Nandana ES and Varsha Venkatesh (Kerala) 21-15, 21-16; (3) Samriddhi Singh and Shruti Mishra (Uttar Pradesh) beat Priyanka and Sneha Rajwar (Uttarakhand) 21-14, 17-21, 21-12; (2) Dhriti Yatheesh and Trish Hegde (Karnataka) beat Mamaikya and Varshita (Andhra Pradesh) 21-10, 21-9.