Former champion Rituparna Das and top seed Riya Mookerjee of the Railways displayed a brilliant performance to cement a place in the pre-quarterfinals of the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships on Day Two of the tournament.
Sourabh Verma and 2017 runner-up Lakshya Sen have already made it to the pre-quarters.
Rituparna, who was the champion in 2017 edition, wrapped up proceedings in less than half an hour (only 24 minutes) to breeze past Namita Pathania 21-10, 21-7. Riya, on the other hand, stormed past the ninth-seeded Gayatri Gopichand, after some resistance, to emerge on top: 21-17, 21-17.
The 14th seeded Sen marched ahead with his fine form courtesy yet another facile 21-10, 21-10 victory over Bengal's top seed Arintap Dasgupta. Sourabh, the winner of the Nationals in 2011 and 2017, was equally ruthless in his 21-13, 21-14 triumph over Munawer Mohammed.
Sixth seed Aryamann Tandon beat Madhya Pradesh's Priyanshu Rajawat 21-15, 21-10. Meanwhile, fifth seed Rahul Yadav from Telangana emerged a 21-12, 21-11 winner over Jaswanth D.
In the women's singles, 14th seeded Malvika Bansod caused an upset by ousting the seventh-seeded Shikha Gautam 21-11, 21-16 in a fourth-round encounter that lasted 33 minutes.
Fourth seed Vaidehi Choudhari faced no competion at all in her 21-17, 21-13 dominance over Kerala's Aadya Variyath. Maharashtra's sixth-seeded rising star Vaishnavi Bhale toppled over 10th seeded Reshma Karthik courtesy a 21-19, 21-9 scoreline.
The top shuttlers, led by defending champion Saina Nehwal and P.V.Sindhu, will commence their challenge from Thursday (February 14).
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega