Nikhat, Arundhati in semi of Strandja Boxing tournament

New Delhi: World Champion Nikhat Zareen and Arundhati Choudhary recorded easy wins and moved to the semifinals of the 75th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria
Nikhat (50kg) faced France’s Lkhadiri Wassila in the first quarter. The Indian used her quick movements and counter attacking game to go ahead of her opponent in the first round.
The second round started on a similar note as both the boxers were cautious and didn’t commit much on the attacking front.
Though Nikhat managed to stay slightly ahead of her opponent in both the rounds, it looked like the bout could go in anyone’s favour.
It was the third round in which Nikhat looked at her absolute best as she dodged her opponent’s attacks efficiently while delivering some quality blows. Lkhadiri tried to be more aggressive but the Indian was equipped to deal with it as she won the bout with 5-0 unanimous decision.
Nikhat will now prepare to meet home favourite Zlatislava Chukanova in the semifinals on Saturday.
In the other match of the day, Arundhati Choudhary (66kg) showed a similar level of dominance against Matovic Milena of Serbia.
Both the boxers played the game of patience at first, but it was Arundhati who took the charge as she initiated multiple attacks, winning the first round with ease.
Arundhati continued her momentum in the second round while being defensively solid in the third, blocking multiple desperate attacking attempts from the opponent to clinch a 5-0 win to qualify for the semifinals.
She will face Jessica Triebeľová of Slovakia on Saturday.
Sakshi (57kg) suffered a 2-3 defeat against Mamajonova Khumorabonu of Uzbekistan to exit the tournament in the quarters.
Sakshi found it hard to get into the rhythm as the Uzbek boxer took full advantage and kept her at bay throughout the first and second round.
The situation did improve in the third round as Sakshi tried hard to make a comeback and succeeded to win the round but fell short from winning the bout.
Earlier Deepak (75kg) and Naveen Kumar (92kg) entered the quarter-finals with an identical 5-0 unanimous decision win over Asankul Uulu Sultan and Voisnarovic respectively.

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