Badminton Asia Championships: Sindhu makes winning return, Kashyap in pre-quarters
Double World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu made a winning return to the circuit when she easily beat Uzbekistan's Anait Khurshudyan to progress to the women's singles third round at the Badminton Asia Championships here on Wednesday.other Updated: Apr 22, 2015 18:33 IST
Double World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu made a winning return to the circuit when she easily beat Uzbekistan's Anait Khurshudyan to progress to the women's singles third round at the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championships here on Wednesday.
The eighth seeded Sindhu has been out of action since January due to a foot injury. Playing her first match in three months, Sindhu romped past Anait 21-6, 21-5 in only 16 minutes in the second round at the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium.
The World No.12, who got a first round bye, will next take on Macau's Teng Iok U, whom she will be playing for the first time.
Later, reigning Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap also entered the third round of men's singles. The 28-year-old had to endure a marathon one-hour 53-minute battle against Chinese Taipei's Jen Hao Hsu before he came out on top 15-21, 21-18, 21-19.
Kashyap will play Chinese seventh seed Zhengming Wang in the pre-quarters. The Hyderabadi has a 1-3 record against the Chinese. Kashyap had beaten Wang at the 2014 India Super Series.
Meanwhile in men's doubles, the pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy got a walkover from Afghan combine Ahmad Shekib Iqbal and Ahmad Faheem Yari to enter the third round where they will face a tough test against Chinese third seeds Xiaolong Liu and Zihan Qiu.
In the same category, it was bad news for Indian shuttlers as Japanese fourth seeds Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa took care of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra in the second round, winning 21-15, 21-17 in 36 minutes.
The men's singles match between Kashyap and Hsu saw a lot of drama as the electricity went off when the Indian was leading 20-19 in the decider. Around 10 to 15 minutes time was lost in the process, but when the lights were on, Kashyap didn't waste any time as his serve earned him the match point.
Beaten during the India Super Series, Hsu had come well prepared in the match against Kashyap. His tactics did bother the Indian, who failed to get a hold of the match early on, allowing the Chinese Taipei shuttler to open up a 7-2 lead.
Kashyap tried to get out of the rut but Hsu kept his nose ahead to earn the bragging rights after the first game.