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Chetan Anand advances

New Delhi: Star shuttler Chetan Anand continued his momentum defeating Marcus Wijana of Indonesia to enter the men's singles third round in the Asian badminton championships at Johor Baru in Malaysia on Thursday.

Anand clinched a 21-15, 27-25 victory over the Indonesian while other Indians, P. Kashyap and Thomas Kurian, bowed out against their more fancied opponents.

Kashyap lost to Korean Jang Yong Soo 21-19, 15-21, 12-21 while Kurian was thrashed by Indonesian Simon Santoso 21-16, 21-14.

Indians had better luck in the doubles opening round where Kurian, paired with V. Diju, and the duo of Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar sailed smoothly through to the second round.

Kurian-Diju posted a facile 21-6, 21-9 win over Chan Lo Chong and Wong Keng Hou of Macao.

The other pair got the better of Nguyen Quang Minh and Tran Thanh Hai of Vietnam 21-16, 10-21, 21-17.

Diju and Jwala Gutta were ousted by top seeds Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia in the mixed doubles second round, losing 21-18, 21-13. — PTI

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