Karnataka, AP enter South Zone Badminton finals

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Puducherry, Sep 28(UNI) Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh men and women entered the finals of the South Zone inter-state Badminton championships here today.

In the semi-finals, played at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor stadium here this evening, Karnataka men edged out Tamil Nadu 3-2, while Andhra Pradesh defeated Kerala 3-1.

In the women's event Karanataka prevailed over Kerala 2-0 and Andhra Pradesh outplayed Tamil Nadu 2-0.

The results -Men's matches- Karnataka beat Tamil Nadu 3-2 Mohit Kamath(Ktk) bt Manikandan(TN) 21-9,21-10 S V S Krishna(Ktk) lost to Siddarth Jain (TN) 15-21,12-21 Abhijit(Ktk) lost to Aditya Illango(TN)11-21,12-21 V Gururprasad and Arun Vishnu(Ktk) bt Vijaya Anand and Alosious Vijay(TN) 21-16,21-16.

SVS Krishna and Vinith Manuel(Ktk) bt Siddarath Jain and Manikandan (TN) 21-18,21-19.

Andhra Pradesh bt Kerala 3-1 Vineeth Kumar Reddy (AP)bt Thomas Kurien (KER)21-19,21-17 RMV Gurusaidutt (AP)bt K Aneesh(KER) 21-11,21-15 N N Vinayak and P Vinay Kumar Reddy (AP) lost to Jessil P Ismail and Thomas Kurien (Ker) 16-21,11-21.

C M Sasidhar(AP) bt Sanave Thomas (Ker) 21-14,21-18.

Women's Matches - Andhra Pradesh bt Tamilnadu 2-0 Sikki Reddy (Ap) bt Hamshika (TN) 21-10,21-14 Sikki Reddy and A V Sindhu(AP) bt Aneesh Kowser and A Priya (TN) 21-15,21-17.

Karnataka bt Kerala 2-0 Meenakshi(Ktk) bt P C Thulasi (Ker) 21-17,21-13 Meenakshi and Aswaini Ponnappa(Ktk) bt P C Thulasi and Merit George (Ker) 21-13,21-17.

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in the boys event and Kerala and Andhra Pradesh in the girls event entered the finals.

The finals would be played tomorrow.

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