Junior World No. 1 Tasnim Battles Into 2nd Round; Odisha’s Swetaparna Loses In Women’s Doubles

Cuttack: Junior World No. 1 Tasnim Mir survived a tough test to advance to the women’s singles second round in the BWF Odisha Open Super 100 meet at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.

Tasnim dropped the first game against fellow-Indian Keyura Mopati before squeezing out a 13-21, 21-14, 21-19 win.

She will next face Malvika Bansod, who last week finished runner-up to PV Sindhu in the Syed Modi International meet at Lucknow. Malvika made short work of Srivedya Gurazada 21-16, 21-11.

Like Tasnim, Mithun Manjunath fought off a 0-1 deficit to oust fellow-Indian KG Kumar 15-21, 21-17, 21-15 in the first round of men’s singles.

There was disappointment for Odia girl Swetaparna Panda. Having paired with Sri Sai Sarva in women’s doubles, the duo lost to countrywomen Sanyogita Ghorpade and Shruti Mishra 18-21, 12-21.

A total of 42 matches were played on Wednesday, while six players got walkovers as their opponents didn’t turn up.

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