TANVI’S DREAM RUN ENDS IN SEMI FINALS, SUNANYA TOO ELIMINATED

RAHUL SINGH (pr@tdsstar.com)

Singapore: India’s high flying Tanvi Khanna who had wonderful winning run at Singapore Open, a PSA Challenger Event, got knocked out in the semifinals after losing to the second seed of Hong Kong Lee Ka Yi in straight games 11-1, 11-2, 11-8 on Friday. Later in the day India dealt with another bad result as Sunanya Kuruvilla also got eliminated in the semifinal stage.

Tanvi debuting in her first PSA Challenger Event had a dream start defeating 3 seeded players in her way to semifinal. She reached the pre-final stage after getting past Colette Sultana of Malta in the second round and Malaysia’s Jessica Keng in the quarter final stage. Tanvi came as a surprise package for many in this tournament as no one expected her to make such big strides.

As Tanvi got eliminated everyone has high hopes from another Indian remaining in the fray Sunanya Kuruvilla, who reached the semifinal stage after defeating Jemyca Aribado of Philippinnes 7-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 12-10. Remarkably Sunanya came back fighting after going down twice in the quarterfinal match and finally ending up on the winning side. The sixth Seeded Indian came up against the top seed Low Wee Wern of Malaysia in the semifinals. Unfortunately India faced another defeat on the same day thus ending their hopes of getting a winner medal. Sunanya went down fighting as she lost 11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-5 in the semifinal.

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