All India Masters Ranking Badminton: several seeds fall on the second day

NAGPUR: The second day of the Yonex-Sunrise All India Masters Ranking (35-75 years) Badminton tournament, organized by the Nagpur District Badminton Association, turned out to be a forgettable day for the seeded players at the Dhanwate National College Hall on Monday.

Up to four seeds eliminated in the quarterfinals by seedless players and the same number of seeds did not appear, which made the draw quite open.

In the 50 plus men's individual category, Kawal Jit Singh from Delhi surprised the second seed Ajay Bhagwat from Maharashtra 22-20, 18-21, 21-13 in 47 minutes to enter the semifinal.

Jayant Dewangan continued his giant murder career by surprising the fourth seeded Rajpal Singh 21-15, 21-8 in just 20 minutes. Dewangan of Chhattisgarh, who had altered Kiran Makode's local hope on Sunday, did not have much trouble dismissing Rajpal Singh from Chandigarh in the group of over 50.

The fourth seed in the section of single men over 35 years old also crashed in the rooms. Peeyush Aggarwal of Maharashtra recovered to annoy Abhishek Agarwal of Uttar Pradesh 18-21, 21-5, 21-14 in a match that lasted 40 minutes.

In the individual male category 40 plus, third seed Ashish Sharma de Chandigarh stifled the energetic challenge of local giant Jayendra Dhole 21-16, 20-22, 21-10 in 43 minutes.

However, Dhole kept his challenge in the men's doubles alive with fellow Ashish Khedikar after they obtained a pass from third-seeded Chand Chawat and Rajeev Sharma of Rajasthan.

Dhole-Khedikar will now close horns with Jitendra Sharma of Jharkhand and Ravi Kumar Sharma for a place in the final on Tuesday.

A formidable pair of Prashant Bahatre (Thane) and Manish Rawat (Delhi) caused the biggest surprise of the day when they demolished the main seeds P Raghavan (Karnataka) and Varun Sharma (Chandigarh) 18-21, 21-13, 21-17 in a very tough battle that lasted almost an hour.

The Bahatre-Rawat duo will now face Madhya Pradesh, Abhishek Bhide's couple and Satyendra Holkar in the semifinals on Tuesday.

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