Monica, Pooja enter semifinals at China Open Boxing

Updated: May 31, 2011, 22:04 PM IST

Guiyang: Indian women pugilists Monica Saun (60 kgs) and Pooja Rani (75 kgs) advanced to the semifinals of the China Open boxing tournament at the Guiyang Sports Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Monica registered an emphatic 29-7 win over Hlaing Kyu Kyu of Myanmar, while Pooja who got a bye in the quarterfinals of the prestigious AIBA 3 Star Tournament, which saw a total of 140 boxers representing 20 countries.

Monica now will meet Asian Games Gold Medalist Dong Cheng of China, while Pooja will face another local boxer Ning Yuyu in the semifinals.

However, Sonia Lather (51 kgs) was not so lucky and lost her quarterfinal bout to She Kebekova Jaina of Kazakhstan 11-16 after a gallant fight especially in the third and fourth round.

PTI