Priyanshu, Kiran George in semifinals; Indian women seize last-four berths

Priyanshu Rajawat and Kiran George emerged as the new front-runners for the menโ€™s singles title after being the unlikely semifinalists in the $75,000 Odisha Open badminton tournament in Cuttack on Friday.

If Priyanshu exploited Mithun Manjunathโ€™s on-court endurance, Kiran George knocked out the last seeded player, third ranked Subhankhar Dey. As a result, the semifinals involving unseeded players will witness Priyanshu taking on Kaushal Dharmamer and Kiran meeting Ansal Yadav, the only straight-game winner on this day.

In the womenโ€™s section, Smit Toshniwal overcame a poor start to pack off USAโ€™s Ishika Jaiswal, the last overseas challenger. She will be up against fifth seed Ashmita Chaliha.

Unnati Hooda, ranked 418 to Samiya Imad Farooquiโ€™s 101, won in straight games while Malvika went the distance before stopping Tanya Hemanth.

The results (quarterfinals)

Men singles: Kaushal Dharmamer bt Abhyansh Singh 14-21, 21-18, 21-18; Priyanshu Rajawat bt Mithun Manjunath 13-21, 21-14, 21-8; Kiran George bt Subhankar Dey 21-16, 10-21, 21-19; Ansal Yadav bt Tharun Mannepalli 21-15, 23-21.

Women singles: Smit Toshniwal bt Ishika Jaiswal (USA) 8-21, 21-19, 21-14; Ashmita Chaliha bt Rhucha Sawant 21-17, 21-15; Unnati Hooda bt Samiya Imad Farooqui 21-10, 21-15; Malvika Bansod bt Tanya Hemanth 21-13, 16-21, 21-17.

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