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Sharath-Manika takes on Manav-Archana in mixed doubles TT final

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bronze medallists A and Batra will take on the top-seeded pair of and Archana Girish Kamath in an exciting mixed doubles final of the 80th National Championship here Tuesday.

In the semifinals, second seeded pair of Sharath and defeated third-seeded duo of Sourav Saha and Suthirtha Mukherjee of 3-1 to set up a clash with Manav and Archana.

In the first semifinal, Manav and Archana had notched up a 3-0 win over fourth-seeded Ravindra Kotiyan and Mukherjee of the Railways to enter the finals at the here.

In the last edition at Ranchi, none of the PSPB pairs could enter the final as RBI emerged the champions with North Bengal settling for the silver.

After a long and weary third day's play with the team finals going late into the night, the jaded top players needed some rest before resuming the fourth day with just two rounds quarterfinals and semifinals on the fourth day.

Even otherwise, they didn't have to worry about the singles qualifications scheduled for the day as they were all enjoying the immunity of being among the top 16 in national ranking.

The rest must have done a lot of good to these players, particularly the top four seeded duos who made it to the semifinals, keeping their seeding positions intact.

Manav and Archana combined so well, disposing of the Railways pair in straight games in a match that clocked less than 15 minutes.

However, Sharath and Manika, who led 2-0, dropped the third game, after levelling the game at 3-3 to lead 9-5.

Some forced the second-seeded pair on the back foot after the duo picked four points in a row to level 9-9. They easily picked the last two points to make a match of it.

In the fourth game, Sharath and opened well and surged into a decent lead. But both Sourav and fought back well to come too close for the PSPB pair's comfort.

But then Sharath returned a scorching backhand when served which brooked no challenge from Sourav. At 10-9, the PSPB duo kept their nerves and pulled it on without wasting any more time and

The winning pair stands to gain Rs. 25,000 in prize money while the runners-up will receive half the amount.

After the qualification rounds in singles today, the main draw begins tomorrow.

The results:

Mixed Doubles: Semi-finals: & Archana Kamath (PSPB) bt Ravindra Kotiyan & Mukherjee (RSPB) 11-3, 11-5, 11-7; A. & (PSPB) bt Sourav Saha & (Har) 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9.

Quarterfinals: Manav & Archana bt & Suhana Narjinary (UP) 11-7, 11-7, 11-6; Ravindra & bt & (WB) 8-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7; Sourav & Sutirtha (Har) bt S.F.R. Snehit & (Tel) 11-5, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7; Sharath & Manika bt & (Raj) 13-11, 11-7, 14-12.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 20:00 IST