Japan Open: Parupalli Kashyap sets up clash with fellow Indian Kidambi Srikanth in main draw
Paraupalli Kashyap advanced to the main draw of the Japan Super Series after registering twin victories in the two rounds of the qualifiers in Tokyo.
Tokyo: Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the main draw of the men's singles competition of Japan Super Series after registering twin victories in the two rounds of the qualifiers in Tokyo on Tuesday.
In the opening match, Kashyap hardly had to break any sweat as his opponent Austria's David Obernosterer retired while lagging 3-11 in the first game to hand over victory to the Indian.
In the second match, Kashyap brushed aside Denmark's Anders Antonsen, seeded fourth, 21-18 21-12 to set up a clash with fellow Indian Kidambi Srikanth in the main draw.
However, in women's singles, Tanvi Lad fought hard before going down 21-19 18-21 9-21 against Japan's Chisato Hoshi.
Besides Srikanth, H S Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram, B Sai Praneeth will start their campaign in the main draw on Wednesday at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Srikanth had enthralled his fans back home when he produced a gallant fight before losing narrowly to two-time Olympic gold medallist and five-time World champion Lin Dan in the quarter-finals.
(With inputs from agencies)
The soft-spoken Indian ace was not known for her aggression till five years back and it was chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, who had transformed her into an aggressive player ahead of the Rio Games.
The world number seven Indian will next play Hong Kong's world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.
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