Sindhu, Kashyap progress in Badminton Asia Championships
P.V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt and women's doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa Wednesday made winning starts to their campaigns at the USD 200,000 Badminton Asia Championships being held in the Gimcheon Indoor Stadium here.
Sindhu, India's best bet at the continental event, beat Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi 21-15, 15-21, 21-18 in exactly an hour to take a 2-0 lead in career meetings. However, in the second round, the women's singles World No.10 faces a tough challenge against Japanese Eriko Hirose, who has a 3-0 lead over Sindhu.
In men's singles, Kashyap did not have to break sweat to overcome Malaysia's Goh Soon Huat 21-14, 21-17 in 35 minutes - his second victory over Goh in as many meetings. The Hyderabadi will take on Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei in the pre-quarterfinals.
Gurusaidutt also progressed to the last 16, edging past Thai shuttler Phetpradab Khosit 22-20, 23-21 in 44 minutes. The youngster will battle another Chinese Taipei shuttler Wang Tzu Wei in their first ever match.
Jwala and Ashwini also got off to a good start as they beat Singaporean pair Fu Mingtian and Neo Yu Yan Vanessa 21-18, 21-15 in 38 minutes.
India's only seeded player in the tournament Kidambi Srikanth had to bite the dust as the seventh seed went down to China's two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan. 'Super' Dan needed only 32 minutes to beat the Indian 21-7, 21-14.
Later, Malaysia's Low Juan Shen and Heg Nelson Wei Keat took care of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy 16-21, 21-13, 22-20 in a men's doubles playoff while Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra also lost out to Chinese pair Zhang Wen and Wang Yilv 18-21, 19-21 in 42 minutes.
(Posted on 23-04-2014)