Chandigarh, Nov 22 (UNI) Unseeded Madhya Pradesh's Pratul Joshi caused a mild upset as he ousted sixth seed Harsha P Vikash of Andhra Pradesh 21-19, 21-15 in the boys Under-19 singles pre-quarter-final match in the Sunrise (India) All-India Junior Ranking and Selection Badminton Tournament here today.
Top seed Sumeet Reddy and second Nanda Gopal, both of Andhra Pradesh, had a smooth sailing into the quarter-finals. Sumeet ousted his team mate NVS Vijeta (AP) 21-12, 22-20 and Nand Gopal accounted for Nirpender Singh of Madhya Pradesh 21-13, 21-12.
Down by one game, Pratik Patel of Air India rallied to overcome a tough resistance from Sameer Verma of Madhya Pradesh 14-21, 21-16, 21-15. Bob Sharma of Punjab also moved into quarters as the expense of Vijay Kumar Reddy of Andhra Pradesh 21-13, 21-16.
Sixth seed Vishal Dev Reddy of Andhra Pradesh and seventh seed Dewansh Jaiswal of Chattisgarh made their exit from the boys Under-16 singles competitons. In the pre-quarter-finals, Nitish Kumar Arora of Delhi shocked Vishal 15-21, 21-18, 21-16 and Jayank Ahuja of Delhi eliminated the challenge of Dewansh Jaiswal 21-11, 21-14.
Results (PQFs): Boys singles U-19 : Sumeet Reddy (AP) bt NVS Vijeta (AP) 21-12, 22-20, Bob Sharma (Pb) bt Vijay Kumar Reddy 21-13, 21-16, Hirak Jyoti Neog (AI) bt Vikas Gehlot (Har) 21-12, 21-9, Pratul Joshi (MP) bt Harsha P (AP) 21-19, 21-15, Pratik Patel (AI) bt Sameer Verma (MP) 14-21, 21-16, 21-15, Eshaan Naqvi (Mah) bt Akshit Mahajan (Har) 21-19, 21-17, B Sai Parneeth (AP) bt Mannu Attri (UP) 21-15, 21-18, Nand Gopal (AP) bt Nirpender Singh ( MP) 21-13, 21-12.
Boys singles U-16: Sameer Verma (MP) bt Nagenderan Babu (AP) 21-6, 21-10, Nitish Kumar Arora (Dli) bt Vishal Reddy (AP) 15-21, 21-18, 21-16, NVS Vijetha (AP) bt Subrajit Pal (WB) 21-10, 21,15, Bhaskar Chakraborty (Dli) bt Abhishek Kulkarni (Mah) 21-8, 21-19, Harshvardhan Bisht (Dli) bt Rajesh Kumar (Bhr) 21-13, 21-12, Rohit C Yadav (AP) bt Saharsh (AP) 21-9, 21-12, Jayank Ahuja (DLI) bt D Jaiswal (CG) 21-11, 21-14, Pratul Joshi (MP) bt Neeraj (Har) 16-21, 21-10, 21-13.
Boys U-19 Mixed doubles (Q-finals): Sweta Kelkar(Mah) / Ajay Kumar (AP) bt Grishma Anand /Nitish Kumar Arora (Dli) 21-9, 21-12, Vijeta Bhargav (MP)/Akshit Mahajan (Har) bt Aarzoo Thakur /Ashish Kumar (HP) 21-12, 21-12, Pradanya Gadre (Mah)/Pranav Chopra (AI) bt Jyoti Rawat (Har)/Kaustav Das (Dli) 21-10, 21-7, M. Merin Ninan (KER)/Sumeet Reddy (AP) bt Jyoti Nishar/Rohit Singh (Har) 21-9, 21-11.
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