Thursday, February 24, 2011

Aditi, Aditya out of Austrian Open

Austrian International Challenge - 2011

Aditi Mutatkar, India's sole representative in the women's singles event at the Austrian International Challenge 2011 lost against Japanese opponent Hitomi Oka in the first round. Oka, ranked 127  in the world who was playing 80th ranked Aditi for the first time, defeated her 21-15, 17-21, 21-18 in 49 minutes.

In the men's singles, Aditya Elango Abdul Raheem of India (ranked 82) lost in the first round against Vladimir Ivanov (ranked 87) of Russia, 20-22, 21-11, 21-14 in 38 minutes.

Anup Sridhar (ranked 102) had an easy outing in the first round as he was up against qualifier Tatsuya Watanabe of Japan (ranked 335). Anup won the match comfortably by a score of 21-11, 21-9.

Anup will be playing against another qualifier, Kenn Lim of Malaysia (ranked 279) in the second round. Just looking at their comparative rankings can be very deceptive, especially since Kenn Lim has scalped the 8th seeded Valery Atrashchenkov (ranked 76 in the world) in the first round.
So Anup can expect at least a good fight from Kenn Lim in the second round, and needs to be at his best to progress any further.

Next day Update:
Anup Sridhar lost in the 2nd round against Kenn Lim.
Here are more details: Anup Sridhar out of Austrian Open

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