It's a mystery how Sachin Ratti finds time to train given his commitments at the newly set up academy in Jalandhar and his job. But, the Railway shuttler has gained the reputation of a tough opponent at the Senior Nationals Championships here.
That never-say-die spirit came to the fore against top-seed Aravind Bhat during the quarterfinal match on Monday and it kept the sparse crowd at the Abhay Prashal Stadium completely engrossed.
Bhat, however, kept his composure to win 23-21, 22-20 and set up a semifinal clash with Air India's Anand Pawar. Pawar beat PSPB's Ajay Jayaram 21-15, 28-26.
The other semifinal will see two-time champion Anup Sridhar take on third seed P. Kashyap. The second-seed defeated Guru Sai Dutt 22-15, 21-12, while Kashyap got the better of PSPB's JBS Vidyadhar 22-20, 21-11.
In the women's singles, second-seed Trupti Murgunde will meet fourth-seed Sayali Gokhale (AI), while teammate Mudra Dahinje will take on giant killer PC Thulasi.
Anjali Kalitha of Assam, who upset third-seed Gayatri Vartak in the fourth round, lost in the quarters to Dahinje, who saved three match-points to register a 15-21, 21-14, 25-23 win.
Gill, Sahdev in semis
The Delhi pair of Tanvil Gill and Mohita Sahdev defeated Air India's Allwin Francis and P. Jyotsana 21-19, 21-18 to move into the mixed doubles semifinals. They now face top-seeds Jwala Gutta and V Diju.