Sunday, March 27, 2011

Polish Open-2011, Arundhati Pantawane out

Arundhati Pantawane's dream run at the Polish Open -2011 (35th Yonex Polish International Badminton Championships 2011) finally came to an end in the Semi-finals. The Polish Open is being held at Podlaskie in Poland from 24th to 27th March-2011.

6th seed and world no.34 Larisa Griga of Ukraine defeated a cramping Arundhati Pantawane 21-10, 21-17.

Earlier in the first round of the main draw, Arundhati had stunned world no.34 Anastasia Prokopenko of Russia 21-15, 21-23, 22-20, and in the quarter-finals had again come up with a sterling performance to beat Agnese Allegrini of Italy 20-22, 21-11, 21-13.

Arundhati's excellent run & semi-final finish at the Polish open, where she had started as a qualifier, means that she stands to gain 2800 world ranking points, (this being an Internatinal Challenge event). This will help her to move from her current ranking of no.267 to possibly break into the top 200 in world rankings. Important to note is her rapid rise in the charts, given that she was unranked at the start of the year 2011.

In the other women's singles semi-finals, which was a All-japanese affair, Yuka Kusunose defeated country-mate Yui Hashimoto 21-19, 21-15.

Like Arundhati, Yuka Kusunose of Japan, had started this tournament as a qualifier, however comparatively easier draws for her meant that she was able to retain & conserve her energy a bit better than Arundhati who eventually suffered with cramps before the semi-finals.

Former Indian National champion Sayali Gokhale who was defeated by Yuka in the first round, can definitely draw some consolation from the fact, that Yuka has eventually reached the finals, and the only match where Yuka was stretched to 3-sets in this tournament so far, was the match against Sayali.

In the men' singles 3rd seeded Anand Pawar was stopped dead in his tracks by 8th seed Vladimir Ivanov of Russia, who also has reached the finals of the men's singles event. Vladimir defeated Anand 21-10, 11-21, 21-15 in the quarter-finals of the Polish Open.

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