Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and RMV Gurusaidutt reached the prequarterfinals of the Indonesian Super Series badminton but it was a bad day in office for world number 10 Parupalli Kashyap as he crashed out of the men's singles competition.
Kashyap, 26, was not in his elements and was outclassed by former world number six Sho Sasaki of Japan 7-21 8-21 in his campaign opener.
However, World number 28 Jayaram and Gurusaidutt notched up contrasting victories in the men's singles event.
Jayaram faces fourth seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the 2007 World Championship finalist.
Gurusaidutt will meet the winner of the match between seventh seed Dane Jan O Jorgensen and Japan's Kazumasa Sakai. In women's doubles, Aparna Balan and Siki Reddy lost 12-21 17-21 to Indonesia’s Gebby Ristiyani Imawan and Tiara Rosalia.
India beat Venezuela
new delhi: India sent Venezuela crashing out of the WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship to set up an exciting pre-quarterfinal clash against Hong Kong in Mulhouse, France. After upsetting strong contenders Argentina and Finland on consecutive days, the Indian team of Mahesh Mangaonkar, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Ramit Tandon, clinched pole position in Pool 'H' after despatching 25/28th seed Venezuela 3-0 in the final qualifying round of the biennial World Squash Federation event taking place in France for the first time.
Mahamal upsets GM
varna: International Master Anurag Mahamal checkmated top seeded GM Tigran Petrosian of Armenia in the second round of Grand Europe Golden Sands International Chess tournament. In another big upset by an Indian player, IM Shardul Gagare outwit GM Levente Vajda of Romania as it turned out to be a tough day for higher seeds.
While these were the two biggest upsets in the day, IM GA Stany also did his bit by holding highly regarded GM Mircea-Emilian Parligras of Romania to a draw. Indian girls Bhakti Kulkarni and R Bharathi continued with their excellent forms to draw with former Russian women’s champion Natalija Pogonina and German IM Matthias Roeder.