In the biggest upset of the day, world No.19 and top seed Chetan Anand lost to Indonesia’s Yunus Alamsyah 21-16, 12-21, 13-21 in the semifinals to crash out of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2010 on Saturday. Saina Nehwal beat Indonesia’s Aprilia Yuswandari in straight games to set up a final clash with Malaysia’s Mew Choo Wong.
Anand had a shaky start. Losing initial few points on the net and down 3-4, the Indian made a few unforced errors that cost him five points in quick succession. But he quickly regrouped, playing a mix of strokes, and as a result of which Alamsyah left the court open and Anand notched some handy points.
“He was not able to cover the whole area, and I used a mixture of strokes to catch him on the wrong foot,” said Anand after the match.
At 11-13, Alamsyah played a deceptive stroke but Anand replied with a superb shot directing the shuttle straight towards his opponent’s body and eventually sealing the first game.
In the second game, the Indonesian slowed down the top seed and engaged him in long rallies. Leading 3-8, Alamsyah bombarded the Indian with an array of smashes.
At 7-11, Anand tried to draw Alamsyah at the net but lost the point, as he was unable to clear the shuttle off his court. Though Anand gained a few points, but Alamsyah gave him no chance and snatched the second game.
The third game was all about long rallies that knocked the wind out of Anand’s sails.
In another major casualty, India’s Guru Sai Dutt got the better of third seed P. Kashyap 6-21, 21-17, 15-21.