Meenal Lele of Thane caused a major upset when she defeated fifth seed and former National champion Anupama Kedar 25-11, 4-25, 25-13 in a womens singles pre-quarterfinal match of the 2nd Swami Vivekananda Memorial State Ranking Carrom Tournament, organised and conducted by Bengal Club, under the auspices of the MCA and MDCA at Shivaji Park on Monday.
In another last 16 contest, second seed Maitreyee Gogate of Mumbai after losing the opening game produced a spirited fightback to quell the challenge from Madhuri Tayshete also from Mumbai, by posting a 22-25, 25-1, 25-0 victory.
In interesting mens singles fourth round matches, Nisar Ahmed of Dhule rallied to down Vilas Dalvi of Mumbai 8-25, 25-4, 25-21 and Punes Vasant Vairal sidelined Mumbais Mangesh Balerao 15-25, 25-10, 25-8.
Results: Womens singles (Pre-quarterfinals): Maitreyee Gogate (Mum) bt Madhuri Tayshete (Mum) 22-25, 25-1, 25-0; Shobha Kamath (Kolhapur) bt Anjali Sangam (Mum) 25-4, 25-9; Netra Chunekar (Mum) bt Neelam Godke (Mum) 5-25, 25-11, 25-14; Ayesha Mohammed (Mum) bt Radhika Joshi (Thane) 25-3, 25-0; Urmila Shendge (Mum) bt Shilpa Jadhav (Mum) 25-3, 25-7; Meenal Lele (Thane) bt Anupama Kedar (Mum) 25-11, 4-25, 25-13; Sangeeta Chandorkar (Mum) bt Medha Mathkari (Pune) 25-6, 25-7. Mens (4th round): Vasant Vairal (Pune) bt Mangesh Balerao (Mum) 15-25, 25-10, 25-8; Sheikh Wasim (Mum) bt Sayyed Moshin (Jalgaon) 14-25, 25-22, 25-9; Asim Sheikh (Mum) bt Sanjay Mohite (Mum) 12-25, 25-9, 25-9; Rajesh Mehta (Mum) bt Pramod Shewale (Mum) 11-25, 25-7, 25-10; Sagar Bhosale (Pune) bt Sajid Mohammed (Mum) 25-17, 14-25, 25-14; Nisar Ahmed (Dhule) bt Vilas Dalvi (Mum) 8-25, 25-4, 25-21; Rahul Solanki (Mum) bt Suhas Pomendkar (Mum) 12-25, 25-14, 25-6; Ashok Gaur (Mum) bt Abhijeet Tripankar (Kolhapur) 10-25, 25-6, 25-14; Kalpesh Nalawade (Mum) bt Anant Bhute (Pune) 25-12, 25-12; Rajesh Gohil (Mum) bt Maula Sheikh (Pune) 25-2, 25-7.