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Purva Barve moves into quarter-finals of badminton U-21 singles

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Top seed Aakarshi Kashyap of Chattisgarh moved into the quarter-finals of the girls U-21 badminton singles with a dominant performance over Khushi Mishra from Dadra and Nagar Haveli at the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) here on Thursday.
 
Aakarshi thrashed Khushi 21-4, 21-5 in a match that lasted less than 30 minutes. 
 
In other action, second seed Malvika Bansod from Maharashtra had a tough time against Medha Shashidharan from Karnataka. Malvika held her nerve in a nail-biting thriller as she won 22-20,17-21,21-19 in an hour and 10 minutes. 
 
A no-show by third seed Gayatri P. Gopichand gave Ashwini Bhat from Karnataka a direct berth into the quarters. 
 
Fourth seeded local shuttler Purva Barve had a straight-sets victory over Amolika Singh from Uttar Pradesh, whom she beat 21-16, 21-19.
 
"It's a great feeling to participate in Khelo India. What is really special is that the event is being held in my home town, Pune. I didn't practise yesterday and today, there was a lot of drift and couldn't judge the shuttle properly but after a few points I was back on track. 
 
"I've played against Amolika couple of time before, that helped me today."
 
Purva's coach, former Olympian Nikhil Kanetkar added, "The competition here is the best in the country, the speed with which the cream of U-17 and U-21 talent is playing is tremendous. 
 
"Malvika Bansod,,Purva and Aman Farogh Sanjay are good prospects to win medals for Maharashtra but the competition is so tough you cannot take anyone for granted." 
 
There was a major upset in the girls U-17 singles as third seed Taneesha Singh of Uttar Pradesh lost to Aashi Rawat from Delhi in straight sets.
 
Aashi overcame Taneesha 21-16,21-19 in a match that lasted more than 50 minutes.  
 
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