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Kashyap goes down fighting
PTI
London, August 02, 2012
First Published: 22:54 IST(2/8/2012)
Last Updated: 01:08 IST(3/8/2012)

Shuttler Parupalli Kashyap played his heart out before going down fighting to world number two Lee Chong Wei in a gruelling quarterfinal of the men's singles event at the London Olympics in London on Thursday.

Kashyap dived, smashed, retrieved almost everything thrown at him but still could not stop the top seed Malaysian as he eked out a 21-19 21-11 victory to advance to the semi-finals at the Wembley Areana in London.

In the first game, Kashyap dominated the show from the beginning and was dictating the pace of the game as he opened up a 11-8 lead at the interval.

But Chong Wei varied the pace of the rallies and clawed back to level the scores at 15-15. Kashyap matched his superior rival stroke by stroke and didn't give up and was leading 19-18.

Kashyap Parupalli plays against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in men's singles quarter finals in London. AP Photo


But in the end, it was the experienced Malaysian who pocketed the game as he forced the Indian to commit errors and registered three quick points to edge past him.

In the second game, Chong Wei started dominating. He mixed his strokes beautifully and executed his smashes to perfection to floor Kashyap. He led 11-6 at the break.

The Indian showed some spark but in his pursuit to match the Malaysian's strokes, he ended up committing unforced errors. With Chong Wei gaining 10 game points at 20-10, Kashyap saved a couple of points but it was all over when his return went to the nets.


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Canada 32 16 34 82
Scotland 19 15 19 53
India 15 30 19 64
New Zealand 14 14 17 45
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Nigeria 11 11 14 36
Kenya 10 10 5 25
Jamaica 10 4 8 22
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