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  • Saina, who won a bronze in the Glasgow World Championship, defeated Marin 22-20 21-18 in a hard-fought battle. She will play either Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol or Russia's Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the next round. Other Indians Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy made positive starts to the tournament but B Sai Praneeth crashed out in the opening round of men's singles. World number eight Srikanth overcame a spirited challenge from compatriot qualifier Subhankar Dey, who played for Greve team at the Danish league this year, 21-17 21-15 to set up a clash with Korean Jeon Hyeok Jin, the 2016 Australian Open runners-up. On the adjacent court, Praneeth lost 10-21 15-21 to Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus in a lop-sided contest. Earlier, world number 15 Prannoy recovered from a 6-11 deficit in the second game to oust Denmark's Emil Holst 21-18 21-19 in a hard-fought match. It was his third win over the Danish shuttler. The Indian is likely to play former World No. 1 Malaysian Lee Chong Wei on Thursday. Young doubles specialist Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also suffered twin defeats in mixed and men's doubles competition to end his campaign here. Satwik and his mixed doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa, who had reached the semifinals last week at Dutch Open, lost 19-21 17-21 to the local combo of Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen. In men's doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty, who had reached the quarterfinals at Korea Open, failed to get across Korean pair of Chung Eui Seok and Kim Dukyoung, losing 21-14 18-21 17-21 in the opening round. Experienced men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost 13-21 18-21 to Denmark's Mads Conrad- Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding. Another mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, who had reached the semifinals at Japan Open, also crashed out on Tuesday in the opening round after losing 17-21 15-21 to the Irish duo of Sam Magee and Chloe Magee.
  • The Combined strength of Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena fell way short of BJP that won 1311 seats. The results for the second phase of Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Elections have brought smile on the face of BJP workers and leaders in the state. Ruling BJP has had a stellar, winning a total of 1,311 seats. So much has been the decimation of political rivals that the next three parties have failed to get anywhere near the BJP mark. The BJP tally is way ahead of the combined seats won by Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena. A total of 3692 gram panchayats spread over 16 districts went to polls in the second phase. Congress won 312 seats, while NCP could claim victory on 297 seats and Shiv Sena captured 295 seats. Others managed to grab win in 453 seats. The Resounding victories have gathered praise from the PM who tweeted to thank the people and vowed to keep on working harder. The BJP had registered an impressive victory in the first phase of Gram Panchayat Elections as well. It won around 50 per cent of the gram panchayats in the first phase, the three parties were routed comprehensively then as well.
  • Seeking their fourth title, Brazil have been living upto the expectations by winning all their group matches and they just brushed aside the challenge of Honduras with an overwhelmingly dominating display in the pre-quarterfinal clash. Brenner struck in the 11th and 56th minutes while Marcos Antonio scored the other goal in the 44th minute as Brazil notched up their biggest win of the tournament. They had beaten Spain (2-1), North Korea (2-0) and Niger (2-0) to top Group D. With the crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium overwhelming supporting the Brazilians, Honduras attack were few and far between though they hit the goalpost twice, once in each half. Honduras had scored at least a goal in their three Group E matches but they were unable to do it. Brazil will now travel to Kolkata to take on Germany in the quarterfinals on October 22. Germany had produced a clinical performance while beating Colombia 4-0 in the pre- quarterfinals on October 16 in New Delhi. Attacking midfielder Alan, who sat out of Brazil's final group game against Niger as a precautionary measure after receiving a yellow card in the previous match, returned on Wednesday and set up the first goal for the South American champions. He cut into the Honduras box from the right and had a one-on-one with Wesley before releasing the ball for Brenner to calmly slot it past the goalkeeper for his second goal of the tournament. Brazil continued their domination with their quick passing football and they had two chances very soon but Paulinho and Alan's shots were save by Honduras goalkeeper Alex Rivera in the 14th and 21st minutes. Honduras were denied an equaliser against the run of play in the 32nd minute as Luis Palma's shot from a difficult angle on the right side of the box beat the goalkeeper but hit the upright. Brazil doubled the lead just before half time with midfielder Marcos Antonio scoring his first goal of the tournament with a deft left footer off a beautiful Paulinho through pass which sliced open the Honduras defence. Honduras coach Jose Valladares brought in Kenneth Martinez and Joshua Canales after half time in search of goals but Brazil did not put their feet off the pedal and made the scoreline 3-0 in the 56th minute. Wesley did all the spadework as he cut into the right side of the Honduras box and his tussle with a defender resulted to the ball landing nicely for Brenner to fire in an opportunistic strike for his second goal of the match and third of the tournament. In the 70th minute, Honduras were again denied a consolation goal as Carlos Mejia hit the left post with a left-footed shot from outside the box.