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MP players put up unimpressive show

SPONSORS should come forward for the development of any game. MP Sports Minister Yashodhe Raje Scindia said this during the inauguration of the second State Bank of Indore All-India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament organised by the Madhya Pradesh Badminton Association.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2006 01:56 IST

SPONSORS should come forward for the development of any game. MP Sports Minister Yashodhe Raje Scindia said this during the inauguration of the second State Bank of Indore All-India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament organised by the Madhya Pradesh Badminton Association.

The Government’s aim is to improve the sporting scenario in the State and encourage the talented sports persons, she said. Customs and Central Excise Commissioner Arvind Singh presided over the function and State Bank of Indore Managing Director was the special guest on the occasion.

Organising committee chairman Indore Collector Vivek Aggarwal was also present. Women and men’s singles matches were played on the opening day.

In the women’s singles, Rimi Hazarika of Railways beat E Deepti Shalini of AP in a thrilling match 19-21, 21-9, 21-10. Ridhi Pajwani of Railways beat Poonam Tewari of Uttar Pradesh 21-16, 21-19 and 21-8 and Abantika Deka of Assam beat Trupati Lavania of hosts MP 21-18 and 21-18.

Chitralekha of Delhi defeated Amrita Mukherjee of West Bengal 21-15 and 21-14 while J Shruthi of AP defeated Barnali Raha of Railways 21-15 and 21-15 and K Radhika Reddy of AP lost to Parul Rawat of Railways by 17-21 and 14-21.

Aparna Balan of Kerala defeated Sampada Saharabudhe of Maharashtra in an evenly contested match16-21, 21-16 and 21-17 and Anita Ohlan of Railways beat Vijeta Bhargav of MP by 21-14, 15-21 and 21-17 to advance to the second round.

In the men’s singles, Anad Pawar of Air India defeated Kaushik Pal of West Bengal 21-13, 21-15 while Abhinnshyam Gupta of PSPB defeated Manish Rawat of Maharashtra by 21-12 and 21-19.

C M Shashidhar of AP defeated Rajiv Bajaj of Delhi 21-13 and 21-14, while Sachin Ratti of Railways beat Prashant Umar of Uttar Pradesh 21-7, 21-14. J B S Vidyadhar of AP defeated Pratik Singh of hosts MP 21-8 and 21-8, whereas Jishnul Sanyal of Air India defeated Sumit Dahiya of Haryana 21-11 and 21-13. In the last match, Utsav Mishra of Air India beat S D S Krishna of AP 12-21, 21-18 and 21-12 to advance to the second round.

MP players did not impress on the opening day. Trupti Lavanya and Pratik Singh were shown the doors in the first round itself. Lavanya fought well before going down to Abantika Deka of Assam but Pratik surrendered easily without giving much fight against AP player JBS Vidhyadhar.