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Divya's last-ditch efforts of no avail as Sagarika enters semifinals

IANS  |  Vijayawada 

Fourth-seed Deshpande bowed out of the National Ranking (South Zone) Championships after going down 3-4 to an enterprising of Railways at the here on Tuesday.

was the second seeded on the day to exit from the tournament after Pooja Sahasrabudhe was sent off by Reeth Risya in the afternoon.

Sixth-seed Archana Kamath beat Reeth 4-1, while Mousumi Paul downed a spirited Sreeja Akula 4-2.

Earlier, Sutirtha had disposed of Andhra's Shailu Noorbash 4-0, taking as minimum time as possible in what was a one-sided quarterfinal.

was in real trouble at 1-3 but, mustering courage and putting her experience to use, nicely pulled herself to level the score. This was in spite of sending down hard and fast forehands to leave Divya in a sort of discomfort.

In the decider, both missed two match points before converted the third one to move up.

For Archana, it was as easy as she would have anticipated against Reeth while Shailu didn't have the game to topple the second seed girl, who rode on her fast forehands and excellent blocks.

Following the exit of four women seeds on Monday, including top-seed Manika Batra, third-seeded was felled by of 10-12, 13-15, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 in a third-round men singles battle which lasted nearly 50 minutes, to start the men seeds exodus.

He was followed by fourth seed of RBI when of downed him 11-9, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-4 and then another boy, outlasted sixth-seed Sanil Shetty 16-14, 16-18, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7. They all bowed out in the third round.



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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 21:32 IST