Kochi: Malayalee shuttlers Joy T. Antony and K. A. Aneesh registered contrasting wins to book their places in men’s singles +40 quarterfinals of the Malayala Manorama World Senior Badminton Championships at the Rajeev Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra, on Wednesday.
While second seed Joy breezed past Belgium’s Joost Van Den Brande 21-4, 21-8, Aneesh was made to fight for every point in his 21-19, 21-16 win over Denmark’s Morten Aarup.
In the quarters, Joy will take on Japan’s Takuya Yamamoto, whereas Aneesh’s opponent is third seed Carl Jennings of England.
In the same category, top-seed Denmark’s Lars Klintrup made his exit from the championship, going down to Indian C. M. Shashidhar 8-21, 11-21.
In the men’s singles +35 category, Olympian Nikhil Kanetkar stormed into the quarterfinals putting it across Switzerland’s Oliver Colin 21-17, 21-18.
The other Indians who have made it to the last-eight in different categories are Abhinn Shyam Gupta (men's singles + 35), Murali Subramaniam, and Lalthanzuala (men's singles + 50), Ulka Sangore, Sangeeta Rajgopalan, and Saroj Sawant (women's singles + 50).
In doubles categories, Indian pairs of Surender Kumar-Virender Kumar (+40), Bhushan Akut-George Thomas (+50), Sunil Desai-Basant Kumar Soni (+55), and Roy Joseph-Johnson Francis (+55), also sealed their berths in the quarterfinals.
In mixed doubles, Srikant Bakshi-Supriya Devgun (+40), Manjunath Malleshappa-Marie Padiva, Bhushan Akut-Saroj Sawant, and Upendra Fadnis-Nisha Springett (+50), also advanced to quarterfinals.
In women’s singles +55 pre-quarterfinals, Pune-based Malayali shuttler Prathibha Nair lost to top-seeded German Heidi Bender 5-21, 9-21. Later in the day, Prathibha teamed up with Sukesha Saggi to oust English duo Jackie Addison and Anita Harris 21-14, 21-17 to move into the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s doubles +55 draw.
While the first two days of the Manorama Masters were devoid of any upsets, the third day reversed the trend, with many top-seeded players crashing out of the tournament.
Apart from top-seed Lars Klintrup, second-seed Jan Frohlich of the Czech Republic also bit the dust in the men’s singles +35 category.
Seeded second in the women’s singles +55, Japan’s Kuniko Yamamoto was sent packing by India’s Manjusha Sudhir Sahasrabudhe 19-21, 23-21, 21-14, in the pre-quarters.
Top-seeded pair in the women’s doubles +65 England’s Betty Bartlett and Eileen Carley was stunned by Japanese duo of Hiromi Mitsunaka and Chizuko Oketan 21-15, 11-21, 22-20.
In the men’s doubles +35, favorites Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar will take on Swiss pair Philippe Gabella and Rafael Leenhardt on Wednesday.
In the same category, second-seeded V. Diju and J.B.S. Vidyadhar will play Rudy Sudarto (England) and Rio Taso (Japan).
Free entry passes to the tournament will be available at the Regional Sports Center’s exhibition pavilion. Entry is restricted to one person per pass.