Defending champion Shrikant Bakshi crashed out of the Pramod Mahajan Badminton Tournament here after falling to Tanvir Gill in the men’s singles quarterfinals on Tuesday.
After winning the first game 21-12, Bakshi fell prey to Gill’s deceptive play and perfect net shots, losing the second and third games 16-21 and 15-21 respectively.
Done in by unforced errors in the first game, Gill played a few crossed forehand shots but couldn’t keep up with Bakshi’s skilful push and drops that put him on the back-foot.
Down 4-7, Gill slowed down his game, but in the process, lost seven points. Towards the end of the first game, Bakshi engaged Gill in rallies to gain points at the net.
Realising his mistakes, Gill came back strongly in the second game. Reducing the number of unforced errors, he brought Bakshi near the net regularly and avoided long and powerful rallies, “I knew he is very good with powerful shots and can win long rallies. So, I put him on the net after realising that he was having problem with the lifts,” said Gill after winning the match.
Strangely, the third game saw Gill floundering at the net. Following a weak push, he played a high toss and rushed to the net to return but failed to clear. Though, his powerful straight pushes and diagonal shots put him ahead, Gill was close to losing a four-point lead at 16-12. Gill finally unleashed some superb smashes and shut out the third game with a spectacular lift in reply to a weak drop.
In other matches, Gauranshu Chopra beat Devender Dhillon 21-16, 21-9.