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Aryaman, Arintap, Akarshi and Ashita enter SAARC semis

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Four Indian shuttlers advanced to the semifinals in what turned out to be a brilliant day for at the South Asian Regional (SAARC) badminton tournament here today.

Aryaman Tandon and Arintap Dasguta stole the limelight in the boys' singles competition, while Akarshi Kashyap and Ashmita Chaliha kept India's flag flying high in the girls' singles event.

Aryaman, seeded one in the tournament, came out all guns blazing and steamrolled Mohamed Akif of Maldives 21-6, 21-14 to set up a semifinal meeting with his compatriot and third seeded Arintap Dasgupta who got the better of Gaurav Singh of 21-7, 21-8.

Top seeded Aakarshi Kashyap also had an easy day out as she breezed into the last four stages with a convincing 21-6, 21-5 victory over Rashila Maharjan of She will now take on Jessica Gurung of who beat Reshma Akhtar of 21-13, 21-12.

Local favourite Ashmita was also in great form as she came up on top of both the matches she played in the day.

She first defeated Urmi Akhter of 21-10, 21-17 in the round of 16 clash before walloping fourth seeded Fatmath Nabaaha of Maldives 21-17, 21-11. She will now face Nafha Nasrullah of Maldives in the next round.

Key results:

Boys' singles: Aryaman Tandon (1) bt Mohamed Aakif, Maldives 21-6, 21-14; Nabin Shrestha (4) bt L.Tshering Tshwing 21-12, 21-5; Arintap Dasgupta (3) bt Gaurav Singh Bangladesh -21-7, 21-8; Dipesh Dhami (2) Nepal bt Hamidur Rahman Lukman Bangladesh 21-9, 21-15

Girls' Singles: Aakarshi Kashyap (1) India bt Rashila Maharjan Nepal 21-6, 21-5; Jessica Gurung (3) Nepal bt Reshma Akhtar Bangladesh 21-13, 21-12; Ashmita Chaliha India bt Fathmath Nabaaha (4) Maldives 21-7, 21-11; Nafha Nasrullah (2) Maldives bt Phuninso Choden Thingh Bhutan21-9, 21-19.

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 20:35 IST