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Vidyadhar, Manjusha score upset victories

Indsia's Manjusha Kanwar in action against Singapore's Liu Fan on the opening day of the Asian Satellite badminton championship in Jaipur on Wednesday. — Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Indsia's Manjusha Kanwar in action against Singapore's Liu Fan on the opening day of the Asian Satellite badminton championship in Jaipur on Wednesday. — Photo: R.V. Moorthy  

JAIPUR OCT. 22. High on confidence, J.B.S. Vidyadhar made a mockery of rankings by dumping fourth seeded Thai Anupap Thiraratsakul on what turned out to be a fairly good opening day for the Indians in the Asian Satellite Badminton Championship here on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Vidyadhar won 15-9, 17-14 in 35 minutes.

Vidyadhar, ranked a distant 404 in the world as compared to his rival's 63, had beaten former All England finalist Budi Santaso in straight games in the Asian championship in Jakarta.

He trailed 3-9 in the first game and then 3-10 in the second but got his rhythm in time to take it away from Thiraratsakul.

The frustration of the Thai was understandable as he served five times at 13 and had four game-points in the second game but could not go any further. Vidyadhar stroked the shuttle wonderfully well, got the placements right on the big points and left his rival stranded.

Before Vidyadhar set up a quarterfinal clash with Nikhil Kanetkar, another IOC shuttler Manjusha Kanwar gate-crashed into the last-eight by ousting Singapore's Liu Fan 11-9, 8-11, 11-7 in 54 minutes.

The 34-year-old former National champion, who missed two seasons following two knee-surgeries and played with a strapped right-thigh, was unable to make the most of a 8-6 lead in the second game.

A series of unforced errors, especially off her flicks from the back-court, forced Manjusha to enter the decider.

Like in the second game, Manjusha trailed 0-4 but staged a superb comeback from 3-6 to clinch the issue. Manjusha now plays defending champion Salakjit Polsana of Thailand.

While all the other favourites, including birthday-boy Abhinn Shyam Gupta and women's top seed Aparna Popat, made their way to the quarterfinals in straight games, G. Jwala raised a visions of upsetting fourth seed Xiao Luxi but eventually cracked in three games.

Jwala, after racing away with the first game and surrendering the second tamely, enjoyed a 6-4 lead in the decider.

However, the Singapore girl was not to be denied on this day. She kept up the pressure on Jwala by moving her all over and gradually moved to 10-8. Undeterred, Jwala drew level but once the match went into extended points, it was Xiao all the way.

Among the men, Sachin Ratti's progress to the quarterfinal was quite pleasing. More impressive than Ratti's pre-quarterfinal victory over qualifier C.M. Shashidhar was the way he tamed Malaysian Mohammad Hazwan Jamaluddin in the morning.

Chetan Anand did not have to work too hard to get past Thailand's Adisak Wiriyaphadungphong. In the forenoon, Wiriyaphadungphong had survived four match-points during his dream rally from 4-14 in the deciding game against Anup Sridhar.

The results (Indians unless stated):

Men's singles (pre-quarterfinals): Lee Chong Wei (Mal) bt Sanave Thomas 15-2, 15-5; Sachin Ratti bt C.M. Shashidhar 15-6, 15-2; J.B.S. Vidyadhar bt Anupap Thiraratsakul (Tha) 15-9, 17-14; Nikhil Kanetkar bt Yogendran Krishnan (Mal) 15-5, 17-16; Kuan Beng Hong (Mal) bt Arvind Bhat 15-11, 15-12; Abhinn Shyam Gupta bt Hee Teck Gerald (Sin) 15-5, 15-6; Chetan Anand bt Adisak Wiriyaphadungphong (Tha) 15-8, 15-6; Yeoh Kay Bin (Mal) bt Rohan Castelino 15-2, 15-4.

Men's singles (first round): Thomas bt Uddin Mohammad Rais (Ban) 15-4, 15-4; Shashidhar bt Thirayu Laohathaimongkol (Tha) 15-8, 15-8; Ratti bt Mohammad Hazwan Jamaluddin (Mal) 15-13, 15-4; Vidyadhar bt Piyush Parihar 15-3, 15-4; Kanetkar bt Javed Mustafa (Ban) 15-2, 15-2; Krishnan (Mal) bt Hemant Duggal 15-7, 15-7; Bhat bt Amar Mohite 15-7, 15-10; Kuan Beng Hong (Mal) bt Rab Muhammed Mahbubur (Ban) 15-8, 15-8; Hee Tech Gerald (Sin) bt Ranveer Singh 15-5, 15-9; Adisak Wiriyaphadungphong (Tha) bt Anup Sridhar 4-15, 15-9, 17-14; Chetan Anand bt K. Srinivasan 15-5, 15-2; Rohan Castelino bt Hossain Khondker Mokter (Ban) 15-3, 15-1.

Women's singles (pre-quarterfinals): Aparna Popat bt Aditi Biswas 11-4, 11-2; Jiang Yanmei (Sin) bt Krishna Deka Raja 11-3, 11-2; Xiao Luxi (Sin) bt G. Jwala 6-11, 11-3, 13-10; Trupti Murgunde bt Soratja Chansrisukot (Tha) 11-8, 11-7; Manjusha Kanwar bt Liu Fan (Sin) 11-9, 8-11, 11-7; Salakjit Polsana (Tha) bt C. H. Deepti 11-5, 11-0; Shruti Kurian bt Soumya Pandhye 11-0, 11-1; Li Li (Sin) bt Saina Nehwal 11-7, 11-4.

Women's singles (first round): Manjusha bt Fatima Nazneen 3-11, 11-4, 11-2.

Women's doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Marilyn Pang & See Phui Leng (Mal) bt Manjusha Kanwar & Archana Deodhar 15-3, 15-7; Xiao Luxi & Liu Fan (Sin) bt Trupti Murgunde & Fatima Nazneen 15-8, 15-11.

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