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Kashyap moves up, Chetan, Sridhar exit

New Delhi: P. Kashyap came from behind to score an 11-21, 21-17, 21-10 victory over Chinese Yi Lu in a tough 50-minute contest in the first round of the Asian badminton championship at Johor Bahru in Malaysia on Wednesday.

However, Anup Sridhar and Chetan Anand crashed out with straight-game defeats in the first round.

Sridhar, the highest-ranked Indian, who recovered from an injury recently, gave little opposition to seventh-seeded Sung Hwan Park of Korea before losing 9-21, 13-21.

Chetan, a losing finalist in the India Open recently, lost 19-21, 24-26 to Hiroyuki Endo of Japan in a 47-minute contest. The loss virtually ended World No. 47 Chetan’s chances of making it to the Beijing Olympics as it is the final qualifying event for the quadrennial event.

Sridhar still has a chance of making it to Beijing as he is ranked 24th in the world and the top 38 in the May 1 rankings list get automatic qualification.

Anand Pawar was no match for 10th-seeded Simon Santoso of Indonesia, losing 16-21, 9-21 in 34 minutes.

In mixed doubles, V. Diju and Jwala Gutta made it to the second round after a 21-17, 23-21 victory over the Korean pair of Sang Hoon Han and Yu Mi Hwang. — PTI

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