Saturday, July 30, 2011

Singapore open 2011 - updates


The Indian challenge at the Singapore Open 2011 international series badminton tournament, came to an end with 6th seeded Anup Sridhar losing in the semi-finals against Prasetyo Wisnu Yuli of Indonesia who defeated him in 3 games by a score of 21-10 18-21 21-14.

Anup Sridhar had also recently reached the quarter-finals at the Indonesia international challenge badminton tournament held at Surabaya in Indonesia prior to the Singapore Open-2011. He had lost to the top seeded Tommy Sugiarto in that match.

While the Indian challenge at the Singapore open badminton 2011, has come to an end, there have been some silver linings and some disappointments for Indian badminton fans.

Disappointing but not really surprising, was the loss of 2nd seeded Anand Pawar against the Korean qualifier Shon Seung Mo who defeated Anand in the 3rd round. Anand Pawar has not been in great form this year and has not won any significant title of note. For quite some time now, he has been hovering near the world no. 50 rank, and while this is a good achievement in itself, he is not moving any further up because he is not winning any major titles.

Encouraging was B Sai Praneeth's win over the top seed Wong Zi Liang Derek of Singapore whom he defeated by a score of 21-16 20-22 21-19 to reach the quarter-finals. Though Sai Praneeth could not progress any further in the tournament, his win over the world's no.50 player is significant and gives hope for even better showings in the future.

In the women's singles PV Sindhu could not recreate her magic of the Indonesia open which she won recently, and lost in the quarter-final round here at the Singapore open. All the Indian women in the fray, Aditi Mutatkar, Arundhati Pantawane, Neha Pandit, PC Thulasi, and PV Sindhu lost against higher seeded players.


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