Puducherry, Jan 16 (IANS) Haryana paddler Jubin Kumar sent reigning national champion and No.3 seed Sanil Shetty packing in the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals of the 76th Senior Nationals at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium here Friday. Jubin won 4-3 (7-11, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8).
No.2 seed Devesh Karia of Gujarat lost to qualifier Raj Mondal from West Bengal, who beat him 4-1. Earlier, another former national champion Anthony Amalraj bowed out in the second round, losing to eighth seed Sushmit Srirarm after comfortably leading 3-1. Sriram won 4-3 (11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9, 14-12, 11-8).
In women’s pre-quarterfinals, all but fifth and sixth seeded paddlers went out of reckoning. No.5 seed Mousumi Paul, who gave a scare to former national champion K. Shamini, lost 3-4, and No.6 seed Madhurika Patkar went down to unseeded Nehal Aggarwal 3-4.
The quarter-finals in both sections will be played later with the semi-finals and finals slated for the morrow, the concluding day of the championships, along with the doubles finals.