India's P. Kashyap survived a tight match against Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto in the quarterfinal of the India Grand Prix 2010 here on Friday. Despite a good show, the Indonesian went down 21-18, 17-21, 18-21 in a battle that lasted 1 hour and 18 minutes.
The first game saw Sugiarto inflict pain on Kashyap through some lightning fast smashes. At 10-10 in the first game, Kashyap, seeded No. 3, made a lot of unforced errors and failed to retrieve a couple of drop shots that came his way.
" It was a close match," said the player. " I attracted a lot of negative points because I knew my opponent knew where exactly to hit."
Trailing 6-7 in the second game, an interruption gave Kashyap a chance to get back into the rhythm.
"After a few points he lost his concentration that got me back in the game."
Kashyap went on to pull off eight consecutive points to bring the scoreline to 18-17, ultimately sealing the game 21-17. The third game witnessed fantastic shots from both players but at the end it was Kashyap's net play and jump smashes that cemented his berth in the semifinals.
In another match, seventh seed Arvind Bhat lost to Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand in straight games. In women's singles, P.V. Sindhu got the better of unheralded Anita Ohlan 21-10, 21-15.
Ashwini Ponappa and Tarun Kona had little difficulty before winning their match against compatriots Aparna Balan and Arun Vishnu to enter the semifinals.