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Hemanagendra, Meghana win

Imphal, Nov. 16: Hemanagendra and Meghana J. of Andhra Pradesh and Kaustav Deka and Ninghi Block Hazarika of Assam will meet in the first semi-final of the mixed doubles in the 37th junior national boys’ and girls’ badminton championship under way in Imphal today.

Sankeerth B.R. and Devika Ravindra of Karnataka and Gopi Raju and Poorvisha S. of Air India will clash in the second semi-final. Hemanagendra and Meghna J. defeated Chirangsen and Kuhooji of Uttaranchal 21-11, 21-16 in the second round and defeated Navin M. and Gohulal of Tamil Nadu 21-19, 21-19 in the quarter-final. Kaustav Deka and Ningshi Block Hazarika were awarded a walkover in the second round, as opponents Karan Chouhan and Ria Gajjar of Gujarat did not turn up. Kaustav and Ningshi defeated Praveshkumar D. and Ankita Gupta of Chhattisgarh 16-21, 21-14 and 21-14 in the quarter-final.

Sankeerth B.R. and Devika Ravindra defeated Aditya Kiran and Saleni Y. of Andhra Pradesh in the second round 21-10, 23-21 and beat Devjit Singh R.K. and Somibala M. of Manipur 14-21, 21-18, 21-14 in the quarter-final.

Gopi Raju and Poorvisha S. were awarded a walkover as Kishar Kunal and Shabnam Naaz of Jharkhand did not turn up in the second round and defeated Vinay Kumar and Saruni Shan of Uttar Pradesh 16-21, 21-19, 21-19 in the quarter-final.

Girls’ football

The 9th Sub-Junior Girls Inter-District Football Tournament, 2012 kicked off today at the Khuman Lampak main stadium in Imphal today. The tournament is organised by the All Manipur Football Association. In the opening match, Imphal East District Football Association defeated Imphal West District Football Association by 2-1 goals.