Dhami loses in quarter-finals

Nepal's Ratnait Tamang and Nangshal Tamang(left) in action against the Indian pair of Siva Kumar and Belawadi during their mixed doubles match of the Yonex Sunrise Nepal International Series in Kathmandu on Friday. Photo: Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, December 22

Dipesh Dhami faced a straight set defeat against Indian shuttler Rahul Bhardwaj in the quarter-final match of the Yonex Sunrise Nepal International Series today.

Bhardwaj hammered Dhami 21-14, 21-11 in an one-sided affair that also ended Nepal’s challenge in singles. Dhami was the lone player from Nepal to make it to the last eight. Dhami gave a tough fight till the halfway stage of the second set before surrendering meekly.

Bhardwaj joined fellow Indian shuttlers L Sarang and S Jaiswal in last four along with Duc Phat of Vietnam. Sarang registered a hard-fought 22-20, 22-20 win over C Pham of Vietnam, while Jaiswal defeated his teammate A Yadav 21-10, 22-20. Phat beat A Marteen of Indonesia 21-18, 16-21, 21-18.

In women’s singles, Thi Trang of Vietnam and Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong advanced to the semi-finals. Trang beat Ira Sharma of India 17-21, 24-22, 21-18, while Xuan outplayed Saili Rane of India 21-13, 21-15.

In women’s doubles the Indian pair of B Bailpudi and Vasha V Belwade defeated Dharshinie Vasigaran and Jayshinie Vasigaran of Malaysia 16-21, 21-11, 21-20 to make it to the semis.

In mixed doubles, Nepali pairs of Ratnajit Tamang and Nangshal Tamang saw off Indian duo of Tushar Sharma and Sarauni Sharma 21-15, 21-15, while pair of Dipesh Dhami and Shova Gauchan beat Maldives’ H Zayan Shaheed/F Abdul Razzaq 21-15, 21-10 to advance to the semis.