London Olympic 2012: Kashyap, Ghosh saviors of day 1

Updated: July 29, 2012 10:07 IST

Shuttler Parupalli Kashyap and teenage paddler Soumyajit Ghosh were the sole saving grace for India on the first day of London Olympic Games 2012. Kashyap beat Belgium's Yuhan Tan in straight games, winning 21-14, 21-12, in a Group D match, while 19-year-old Ghosh outplayed Brazil's Gustavo Tsuboi 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 12-10, 5-11, 12-0 (4-2) in a closely contested men's singles table tennis first-round match. The day began on an uninspiring note when V Diju and Jwala Gutta, a settled pair hunting for a medal, were beaten in straight games 16-21, 12-21 by Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in under half an hour in their opening Group C mixed doubles match.

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