Anand reaches men's semifinal
Chetan Anand edged past Hendra Wijaya of Singapore to enter the semifinals of the men's singles badminton event at the 18th Commonwealth Games on Friday.
Anand in India's sole medal hope in the singles as national Champions Anup Sridhar and Aparna Popat bowed out after losing their men's and women's quarterfinal matches respectively at the Melbourne Exhibition centre on Friday.
Fourth seed Anand notched up a hard-fought 21-16 13-21 21-11 win in the quarterfinals to reach the last four.
Anand will now take on Wong Choong Hann of Malaysia for a place in the finals later on Friday.
Aparna, who dumped defending champion Li Li of Singapore on Thursday, ran out of steam to go down 21-13 21-14 against Elizabeth Cann of Jersey.
Anup Sridhar lost 21-15 21-18 to top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.
Men's Singles (Quarter-finals): Chetan Anand (Ind) bt Hendra Wijaya (Sin) 21-16 13-21 21-11, Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Anup Sridhar(Ind) 21-15 21-18, Wong Choong Hann (Mas) bt Lee Yen Hui Kendrick (Sin) 21-17 22-20, Aamir Ghaffar (Eng) bt Niluka Karunaratne(Sri) 21-19 21-19.
Women's singles (Quarter-finals): Elizabeth Cann (Jer) Aparna Popat (Ind) 21-13 21-14, Wong Mew Choo (Mas) bt Xing Aiyang (Sin) 21-10 21-8, Tracey Hallam (Eng) bt Rachel Hindley (NZ) 21-11 21-6, Susan Hughes (SCO) bt Fan Francies Liu (SIN) 21-18 21-19.