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Top seed Gayatri, TN s Satish crash out of Junior Badminton

Top seed P Gayatri Gopichand exited the Yonex-Sunrise All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament, losing squarely to No. 16 Aashi Rawat from Delhi in a dramatic semifinal here Saturday. Tamil Nadu too suffered a big setback with No. 4 seed Satish Kumar crumbling against the No. 2 seed from Manipur, Maisnam Meiraba. Gayatri, daughter of India coach Pullela Gopichand, was error-prone against a worthy challenger in Aashi. She edged into the lead but saw Aashi recover ground at 6-6. The momentum shifted at that stage with Aashi jumping ahead at 10-9 and then 13-11. Gayatri continued to commit mistakes which Aashi exploited to the hilt, taking a strong 18-14 lead that proved to be good enough for a 21-15 victory. In the second game, Aashi was on a roll, jumping to a 5-1 lead before she streaked ahead 9-2 and 15-7. She didn t concede a single point after that for a well-deserved place in the final. Aashi now awaits the winner of the second semifinal between Tamil Nadu s Akshaya Arumugam .

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