Mathew Thomas upset fourth-seeded Deepak Vadagere 21-11, 23-21 to book a spot in the men’s singles semifinals of the annual badminton tournament, organised by Indian Social Club (ISC) Muscat, on Monday.
The remaining top three seeds, Albert V R, Mohammed Harouz and Percy Pereira entered the semifinals in contrasting styles.
In the quarterfinals, top-seeded Albert beat Shabaz Nasar 21-13, 21-16; second-seeded Harouz struggled to beat Leon D’Souza 22-20, 21-17, 21-11; and third-seeded Pereira got the better of Geemon Baby 21-10, 21-16.
Other results: Veterans’ singles (quarters): Yogesh Narula beat Ronnie Pereira 21-12, 21-9; Sunil Kumar beat P T Francis (walkover); Babu Said beat Haridas P 21-12, 21-13.
Men’s doubles (second round) : Shibu John-Jahi beat K Sashindran-Haridas P 21-11, 21-16; Vinod Abraham-Vineesh beat Sunil-Said 21-18, 21-9.