Muscat: Mohammed Iman and Prathyush Sivakumar scored impressive victories at the Bank Muscat-sponsored annual badminton tournament organised by the Indian Social Club (ISC) Muscat.
While Mohamed Iman notched up two impressive back to back victories, Prathyush showed fighting qualities and rallied from a game down to make progresss.
Mohamed Iman made short work of Srichand Surendran defeating him 15-2, 15-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the boys under-13 singles and followed it up with yet another impressive 21-17, 21-12 victory over Mokshit N. in the first round of the boys under-15 singles.
In another under-13 singles match, Adithya H. defeated Mohamed Sahil 15-10, 15-12.
Prathyush Sivakumar played a fine all-round game and rallied from a game down to defeat Rohit Peri 12-21, 21-18, 22-20 in the first round of the boys under-15 singles. Rohit kept up the fight until the very end and even saved two match points before going down fighting.
In other first-round matches of the boys under-15 singles, Sanjay Venkat scored a convincing 21-5, 21-7 victory over Adithya H., Nithin Chandrashekar sailed to a comfortable 21-4, 21-11 win over S.M. Jeeva, Jay Deshpande beat Rohan Gidwani 21-4, 21-12, Jeswin Mathew coasted to a fine 21-4, 21-10 win over Siddharth Saran, Yash Deshpande beat his namesake, Yash Tanna 21-3, 21-14 and Anirudh H. defeated Milind Naithani 21-16, 21-12 to progress to the second round.