Indian ferries continue to dominate at SAG, secured by two more gold medals

POKHARA: Indian shuttles Ashmita Chaliha and Gayatri Gopichand recorded convincing victories in their respective semifinals to organize a confrontation at the summit of all India in the category of single women in the 13th South Asia Games Thursday.

While Ashmita, the best seeder, hit her opponent from Sri Lanka Achini Ratnasiri 21-5, 21-7, Gayatri recorded an easy victory 21-17, 21-14 over Dilmi Dias of Sri Lanka.

India dominated the men's singles category as well with Aryaman Tondon and Siril Verma setting up the final clash after winning their respective semi-finals.

Siril, the best seed, beat Dinuka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka, 21-9, 21-12 in straight sets. However, Aryaman had to fight hard during his victory 21-18, 14-21, 21-18 against the second seeded Ratnajith Tamang of Nepal.

In the men's doubles semifinal, Krishna Garaga and Dhruv Kapila notched up an easy 21-15, 21-7 win over Pakistani pair of Mohommed Atique and Raja Mohommed Hasnin.

The Indian pair will now face Sri Lanka's S Dias Angoda Vidanalage and B Tharindu Dullew, who beat Nepal's Prince Dahal and P Maharajan 21-11, 21-19 in the final.

However, India's challenge came to an end in the women's double category after both the pairs -- Kuhoo Garg and Anoushka Parikh and Meghana Jakkampudi and N Sikki Reddy -- lost in the semifinals.

Khoo and Anoushka went down fighting against Sri Lanka Achini Ratnasiri and Upuli Samanthika Weerasinghe 10-21, 18-21, while Meghana and N Sikki Reddy lost to top-seeded Sri Lankan pair of Thilini Hendehewa and K Sirimannage 21-14, 21-18.

In mixed doubles, top seeded Indian pair of Dhruv and Meghana entered the final after beating Nepal's Bikash Shresta and Anu Maya Rai 21-14, 21-13.

All final matches will take place on Friday.

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