She has been the bridesmaid for some time now, but not anymore.In a display which went beyond her expectations, qualifier Arundhati Pantwane came up with a gritty show to enter the final of the Senior National Badminton Championships here on Sunday.Down a match point against Tata International Open winner PC Thulasi, the tall 22- year-old showed resilience to put it across her much fancied opponent as she scripted a 21-14, 19-21, 24-22 victory. Arundhati who hails from Nagpur but trains at the Gopi Chand Academy in Hyderabad has had a brilliant run in these championships. In fact, she has not lost a single match in the open events and the team championships. This run also includes her win over top seed Trupti Murgunde.In the other semi-final, defending champion Aditi Mutatkar overcame Neha Pandit 21-15, 18-21, 21-13. The men’s singles final will be played between Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Periapalli Kashyap and veteran Arvind Bhatt. Kashyap showed his fighting quality as he made light of the loss in the opening game to the up and coming Andhra Pradesh youngster Sai Praneeth. In fact, it was the experience of Kashyap which made all the difference as he won 18-21, 21-14, 21-19.Arundhati’s decision to arrive here on December 31 in a bid to acclimatise with the cold conditions seemed to have worked in her favour as she showed that her will to win was strong as she saved a couple of match points in the second game. Earlier, Arundhati caused the upset of the tournament when she beat top seed Trupti Murgunde in the quarter- finals.advertisement”It is a great feeling right now. I had come here to give a good account of myself. Now I find myself on the threshold of winning my maiden National title. The feeling is yet to sink in,” she said. She added that there was still some work to be completed.” I have got one more match to win.So there is no time for celebration. I will have to be at my best against Aditi,” she said. In the other semi-final, defending champion Aditi Mutatkar had to fight hard before putting it across Neha Pandit.In the men’s semi-final Periapalli Kashyap had to dig deep before prevailing over practice partner Sai Praneeth. Praneeth scored repeatedly with his smashes and deceitful dribbles at the net. Once he won the opener 21- 18, he raised visions of a great upset.But Kashyap worked his way out of trouble with some flat flicks and hard smashes. He won the second and third games to enter his maiden National final. In the other semi- final, Arvind Bhatt made it to his fifth National final quelling the it to women’s challenge of a gritty Saurabh Verma.Results: Men’s ( semi- finals): 8- Arvind Bhatt bt 5- Saurabh Varma 21- 15, 13- 21, 21- 9; 13- P Kashyap bt 16- P Sai Praneeth 18- 21, 21- 14, 21- 19; ( quarter- finals): Varma bt 1- Chetan Anand 16- 21, 21- 7, 22- 20; Bhat bt Pratul Joshi 21- 18, 21- 7; Kashyap bt 7- Ajay Jayaram 21- 10, 21- 14; Praneeth bt 15- Guru Sai Dutt 21- 14, 21- 19.Women’s singles ( semifinals): Arundhati Pantawane bt 1- Trupti Murgunde 21- 14, 19- 21, 24- 22; 7- Aditi Mutatkar bt 3- Neha Pandit 21- 15, 18- 21, 21- 13; ( quarterfinals): Arundhati bt 6- PV Sindhu 9- 21, 24- 22, 21- 18; Thulasi bt 5- Anita Ohlan 21- 19, 21- 16; Neha bt Gauri Ghate 21- 12, 21- 18; Aditi bt 2- Sayali Gokhale 21- 15, 21- 17.