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Odisha Open badminton: Malvika, Ashmita advance to quarter-finals

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Cuttack, Jan 27 (IANS) Continuing her good run, Indian shuttler Malvika Bansod advanced to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles at the Odisha Open 2022 badminton tournament, here on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Bansod beat the junior world No 1 Tasnim Mir 21-13, 21-15 in a 33 minute clash. She will next face 18-year-old Tanya Hemanth on Friday.

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Another pre-tournament favourite Ashmita also sailed into the quarter-finals after beating Anupama Upadhyaya 21-17, 21-16 in her round of 16 clash.

Both Malvika and Ashmita, with world rankings of 67 and 69, respectively, are the top-rated Indian women at the Super 100 event in the absence of Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal.

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In the men’s singles, third seed Subhankar Dey beat Rahul Yadav Chittaboina 21-16, 21-14. He will be facing Kiran George, who defeated Chirag Sen 21-12, 21-13, in the quarter-finals.

Another Indian contender in men’s singles, Mithun Manjunath, also registered a 21-11, 21-18 win over Malaysian seventh seed Cheam June Wei. Manjunath is set to face a stiff challenge against the winner of last year’s Ukraine International Priyanshu Rajawat on Friday.

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In the mixed doubles, MR Arjun and Treesa Jolly moved into the quarter-finals with a straightforward 21-18, 21-5 victory over Raju Mohamed Rehan and Jamaludeen Anees Kowsar.

The winning pair will face Nazeer Khan Abu Bakkar and Nila Valluvan in the next match.

–IANS

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