Indians advance to second round in German Open badminton
It was a good day for Indians at the Yonex German Open badminton tournament as all the four players in the men's section moved into the second round.
Chetan Anand, Arvind Bhat, Anand Pawar registered easy wins while Anup Sridhar was stretched to three games by his German opponent Wednesday at Mulheim in Germany, according to information received in New Delhi.
Second-seed Anand was clinical in his 21-6, 21-8 win over Swede Henri Hurskainen and will now play Malaysian Kay Bin Yeoh, who staved off a stiff challenge from Russian Ivan Sozonov 17-21, 21-15, 21-11.
Ninth-seed Bhat showed the door to Dutchman Koen Ridder with a scoreline 21-15, 21-13. In the second round, Bhat will meet Kestutis Navickas of Lithuania who beat Malaysian Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif 21-19, 24-22.
Pawar brushed aside Malaysian Daren Liew 21-17, 21-19 to set up a second round meeting with fifth seeded Briton Andrew Smith who was made to toil hard by Canandian David Snider before winning 23-25, 21-19, 21-16.
Sridhar, seeded 15th, overcame mid-match jitters against Dane Sven-Eric Kastens to win 21-16, 16-21,21-15. He next plays local boy Marcel Reuter who scored a facile 21-11, 21-7 over Emil Vind of Denmark.