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Cashing in on Kashyap on bad day for India

The national champion was leading 22-21 in the decider and superbly lined up for a net dribble against Yu Hsing Hsieh of Chinese Taipei, but poor luck saw a regulation push fall into his court, reports Abhijeet Kulkarni.

other Updated: Aug 12, 2009 01:02 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni

It was an opportunity lost for Aravind Bhat on Tuesday. The national champion was leading 22-21 in the decider and superbly lined up for a net dribble against Yu Hsing Hsieh of Chinese Taipei, but poor luck saw a regulation push fall into his court.

The opportunity lost, ninth seed Yu Hsing Hsieh forced Bhat into making errors and ended the 29-year-old's challenge in the men's singles first round of the World Badminton Championships here on Tuesday.

Bhat had come back into the match after trailing 4-11 in the decider and saved four match points before earning the opportunity to close out the tie. But he failed to capitalise and lost 21-14, 19-21, 24-22.

In the day's other matches, former champion Taufiq Hidayat of Indonesia and second seed Chen Jin of China had little trouble in advancing to the next round. The biggest casualty of the day was seventh seed Joaquim Persson (Denmark) who was shown the door by Kenichi Tago of Japan 16-21, 21-14, 21-13.

In the women's section, seventh seed Lu Lan of China and ninth seed Chen Wang of Hong Kong booked their berths in the next round. Among the Indians in action on Tuesday, only P. Kashyap advanced to the second round. The 22-year-old beat Iran's Ali Shahhosseini 21-9, 21-13 to set up a date with Jin.

The challenge of National women's champion Sayali Gokhale and doubles wild card entrants Arun Vishnu and K. Tarun too ended in the first round.

Bhat had raised visions of an upset, clawing back twice from hopeless situations but finally bowed out in 62 minutes. The world number 24 had an indifferent start as he struggled to anticipate the speed of the shuttle and took time to get his length right.

But the change of ends also changed Bhat's fortunes as he then began controlling the game on the net, catching his opponent on the wrong foot with his deft dribbles and half-smashes to draw level.

In the decider, Hsieh raced to an 11-4 lead with Bhat failing to read his smashes.