Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Badminton Asia 2011 - Updates

Update added to article on 24/4/2011:
Click here to view the winners, runners-up and semi-finalists of BAC-2011

The Indian challenge is almost over at the end of the second day at the Badminton Asia Championships-2011 being held at Sichuan in China.

Aditi Mutatkar fought hard against world no.18 Salakjit Ponsana of Thailand, and even managed to win the second game, but it was not enough as Ponsana finally won the match 21-14 14-21 21-7.

Sai Praneeth who had won his first round match, could not do much in the 2nd round against the 10th seeded and world no.27 Kazushi Yamada of Japan.

It must have been a good learning experience for the Indian women's doubles pair of Pradnya Gadre/Jyotshna Polavarapu (world ranking:143) who were up against the World No.3 pair of Miyuki Maeda/Satoko Suetsuna (Japan). To their credit they did give a fight, to stretch their opponents in the first game winning 17 points, before finally losing the match 17-21, 8-21.

Second Day Round-up - Indian results are as below:

Salakjit Ponsana (Thailand) bt. Aditi Mutatkar 21-14 14-21 21-7
10th seeded Kazushi Yamada (Japan) bt. Sai Praneeth 21-17 21-13
Bang Duc Bui/Manh Thang Dao (Vietnam) bt. Manu Attri/Jishnu Sanyal 25-23 14-21 21-14
Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa (Japan) bt. Akshay Dewalkar/Arun Vishnu 21-17 21-15
Xiaolong Liu/Zihan Qiu (China) bt. Pranav Chopra/Tarun Kona 21-10 21-10
Shu Cheng/Jin Ma (China) bt. Aparna Balan/Prajakta Sawant 21-9, 21-9
Miyuki Maeda/Satoko Suetsuna (Japan) bt. Pradnya Gadre/Jyotshna Polavarapu 21-17, 21-8
Mohammad Rijal/Debby Susanto (Indonesia) bt. Pranav Chopra/Prajakta Sawant 21-10 21-15

Matches coming up tomorrow for Indians
The mixed doubles pair of Arun and Aparna is the only Indian challenge left in the fray now.
The match coming up tomorrow for Indians is:
Arun Vishnu/Aparna Balan vs. Sudket Prapakamol/Saralee Thoungthongkam of Thailand

Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan had got a bye in the first round, and will need a miracle to overcome the challenge of the World No.2 pair of Sudket Prapakamol/Saralee Thoungthongkam of Thailand, whom they face in the second round of the Badminton Asia championships-2011.

India entered the competition without its best singles players Saina Nehwal, P Kashyap, and Ajay Jayaram, and without its best doubles pairs of Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa, and Jwala Gutta/V.Diju.

While the other Indian players did try their best, their efforts ultimately fell short and the Indian challenge is almost over by the end of the second day.

Related Articles:

Update 21/4/2011
Arun Vishnu/Aparna Balan go down fighting. Give world no.2 a run for their money

Update 24/4/2011
Badminton Asia Championships-2011 winners - results

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