women's boxing semis

Ayako Minowa (Blue) of Germany fights against Sonia Lather (Red) of India in the Women's 54kg preliminary match during the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships on May 13, 2012 in Qinhuangdao, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

ROHTAK, Haryana — Former world champion L. Sarita Devi (60kg) and Asian silver-medalist Sonia Lather (57kg) advanced to the semi-finals after winning their respective quarter-final bouts at the National Women's Boxing Championships here Jan. 10.

Former World Championships silver-medalist Sarju Bala (48kg) of Manipur also cruised through to the semis, beating Madhya Pradesh's Deepa Kumari 5-0 at the National Boxing Academy in Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here.

Representing the All India Police, Sarita out-punched Arunachal Pradesh's Aquillia Dupak in the first round itself to make the medal rounds.

Railway Sports Promotion Board's Sonia, on the other hand, defeated Uttarakhand's Kamla Bisht 5-0 in a completely lop-sided affair.

In other encounters, Haryana's Shashi Chopra also booked her place in the semi-finals defeating Dimple Tanwar of Rajasthan 5-0. Also, Telangana's Nikhat Zareen went one step closer to the gold after defeating Abha of Chhattisgarh 5-0.

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