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Saina, Sai Praneeth reach second round of Singapore Super Series

other Updated: Jun 20, 2013 00:50 IST

Saina Nehwal crossed the first-round hurdle in women's singles, while Sai Praneeth B stunned world No 4 Yun Hu of Hong Kong to enter the second round of men's singles of the Singapore Super Series.

It was curtains for all the other Indians who suffered defeats in their respective opening round matches.

Saina avenged her quarterfinal loss at the Thailand Open by Juan Gu with a comfortable straight-game win over the Singaporean. The world No 2 Indian took 40 minutes to pack off world No 21 Juan 21-14, 23-21 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Sai Praneeth, world number 61, brushed aside the second seeded Yun 21-9, 21-10 in a match that lasted 30 minutes. Meanwhile, RMV Gurusaidutt, K Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram went down fighting.

Carlsen beats Anand
Moscow: Viswanathan Anand suffered a shock loss to World Championship challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fifth round and slipped to joint seventh in the Tal Memorial Tournament.

Playing the last classical game against Carlsen ahead of the World Championship match, scheduled in Chennai in November, Anand could not find a suitable plan and was outplayed by the young Norwegian in what could be a rude wake up call for the Indian world champion.

Boris Gelfand of Israel joined Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the lead on 3.5 points after winning his second game.

Venkatesh ends fifth
Varna (Bulgaria): Grandmaster MR Venkatesh delivered when it mattered and defeated Romanian Mircea-Emilian Parligras in the ninth and final round of Grand Europe Golden Sands International.

Venkatesh finished with an impressive tally of seven points out of a possible nine and finished joint second. However, as the four-way tie was resolved the Indian ended fifth.

India's national womens champion Mary Ann Gomes continued her fine display and drew with Grandmaster Vasil Spasov to end on 6.5 points and emerge as the best woman player of the competition.

India lose 1-5 to Aus
Rotterdam: India's hopes of securing a direct berth in next year's World Cup went up in smoke after they were handed a humiliating 1-5 defeat by Australia in the quarterfinal of the men's competition of the FIH World League Round 3.

The Australians took the stuffing out of India in the first 35 minutes by scoring as many four goals --- Glenn Simpson (2nd minute), Matt Gohdes (20th, Russell Ford (22nd) including an own goal by Indian defender Sandeep Singh while their fifth goal was scored by Matthew Swann in the 39th minute.