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Sai Praneeth Out of Contention; Sameer Verma, Kiran George to Fight for 1-4 Positions

Top shuttler B Sai Praneeth’s hopes of creating the Indian crew for the upcoming main crew occasions had been dashed after he did not prime stage 2A group on day Three of BAI’s choice trials on Sunday.

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Praneeth, ranked World quantity 19, suffered a 21-23 21-11 16-21 loss to fast-rising Kiran George, who had claimed the Odisha Open Super 100 title in January.

Later within the day, Praneeth beat Ansal Yadav 21-16 21-9 to complete second greatest within the stage 2A group on the Okay. D. Jadhav Hall inside Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex.

The trials are being held to choose groups for the Commonwealth Games, Thomas and Uber Cup and Asian Games.

According to the format, solely the winners of the 4 teams within the second stage will compete for ranks 1 to Four in a round-robin format, whereas the runners-up from every group will combat for 5-Eight positions and third-placed gamers will purpose for 9 to 12 positions.

Praneeth will compete for rank 5 to eight subsequent.

Badminton Association of India has already handed direct choice to Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth as they’re ranked inside the highest 15 and HS Prannoy on the premise of his latest efficiency within the worldwide circuit.

Only one males’s singles participant might be picked from the trials for the Asian Games and Thomas Cup.

Kiran, who had made it to the crew for the Sudirman Cup and Thomas Cup after topping the choice trials in September final yr, seems a frontrunner to as soon as once more get chosen as he continued his unbeaten run on day 3.

A product of Prakash Padukone academy, George outwitted nationwide champion Sourabh Varma 21-15 23-21 in his second match of the stage 2A group to emerge because the winner.

George will now compete with Sameer Verma (winner of stage 2D), Haryana’s Ravi (winner of stage 2C) and Priyanshu Rajawat (winner of stage 2B) for ranks 1 to 4.

A former world quantity 11 Sameer, who’s making a comeback after recovering from a calf harm, beat Raghu M 21-12 21-11 however misplaced to Maisnam Meiraba 21-15 19-21 11-21 within the third and final match of his group.

Sameer was tied with Mithun Manjunath with two victories and one defeat however made it via on the premise of the distinction of video games received and misplaced.

Ditto for Priyanshu, who emerged because the group winner after ending with two wins and a loss like Kartikey Gulshan Kumar in stage 2B.

Ravi, alternatively, beat Alap Mishra and Arjun Rehani to emerge because the winner of the stage 2C group.

In girls’s singles, Aakarshi Kashyap, Ashmita Chaliha, Aditi Bhatt, and Unnati Hooda emerged as winners of Stage 2A, stage 2B, Stage 2C, and Stage 2D respectively and can combat for 1 to Four positions.

In girls’s singles, double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu has been handed a direct berth being the world quantity 7 and another participant might be picked for the CWG crew, whereas three positions are up for grabs for Uber Cup and Asian Games.

Malvika Bansod, who had defeated Saina Nehwal at India Open, was additionally out of competition for a spot following her loss to Ashmita and can now compete for rank 5 to eight.

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