Chennai, May 24:
Top seed P Gayatri Gopichand of Telangana began her quest for glory in the Microplex Global and Yonex Sunrise All-India Junior ranking Badminton Tournament, cruising to a facile 21-15, 21-15 victory here on Thursday afternoon.
The 16-year-old daughter of India coach Pullela Gopichand showed deft touch and ample confidence as she quelled the challenge of Khushi Thakkar (Delhi), who made it to the main draw of the Under-19 Girls singles by gaining a bye and winning the next two rounds.
Tamil Nadu’s No. 14 seed Nivetha M beat Akanksha Matte (Andhra Pradesh) 21-9, 21-14.
Third seed Malvika Bansod of Airports Authority of India and No. 7 Smit Toshniwal (Maharashtra) beat Ananya Praveen (Karnataka) 21-9, 21-8 and Siddhi Jadhav (Maharashtra) 21-11, 21-12 respectively.
Only one of them, No. 15 Medha Shashidharan (Karnataka), suffered a setback, going down to Khashi Gupta (Delhi) 19-21 19-21 in a tight encounter.
No. 12 seed Aditi Bhatt of Uttarakhand (bt Sreshta Reddy K. 21-8 21-15) and No. 14 Nivetha M of Tamil Nadu (bt Akanksha Matte 21-9 21-14) were among the early winners.