Thursday, July 21, 2011

Victor Indonesia 2011 badminton-Results so far

Women's Singles results for India

National badminton champion Aditi Mutatkar and rising junior badminton player P.V.Sindhu of India have reached the quarterfinals of the women's singles event at the Victor Indonesia International Challenge 2011 badminton tournament that is being held at Surabaya in East Java, Indonesia from 19-Jul-2011 to 24-Jul-2011.

13th seeded Aditi defeated Mega Cahya Purnama of Indonesia in the 3rd round in two straight games 21-11, 21-9 to enter the quarterfinals, while PV Sindhu had a tougher time defeating Indonesian Riski Amelia Pradipta 21-8 18-21 21-19 in 3 sets.

Aditi will be facing 12th seeded Tee Jing Yi of Malaysia next, while the unseeded PV Sindhu is drawn to play against 8th seeded Zhang Beiwen of Singapore in the quarterfinal round. Both Aditi and Sindhu are in the same lower half of the draw, and in case both of them are able win their next match, they can potentially clash against each other in the semi-finals.

The other Indian women in the fray, PC Thulasi and Arundhati Pantawane, silver and gold medallists at the National games badminton event held at Ranchi earlier this year, were defeated in the 3rd round, with Thulasi losing to 9th seeded Alcala Malvinne Ann Venice of the Phillipines 18-21, 21-23, and Arundhati losing to the11th seeded Japanese badminton player 20-22, 17-21. Neha Pandit lost in the first round against Indonesian player Yulia Yosephine Susanto.

Men's Singles Results for India

In the men's singles, 8th seeded Anup Sridhar is the lone Indian to have reached the quarterfinals. Anup defeated 14th seed Lee Dong Keun of Korea 21-17, 21-19 in the 3rd round. He has a tough match to play in the next round when he will be up against the top seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia. Tommy is currently ranked no.25 in the World badminton rankings, while Anup is currently ranked 100.

The other Indian men who had participated in the Victor Indonesia open badminton, Aditya Prakash, Prakash Jolly, Sarang Lakhanee, Sourabh Verma, B. Sai Praneet and Anand Pawar, could not progress to the quarterfinal round, with most of them losing their way in closely fought matches.

Women's Doubles updates

In the women's doubles event of the Indonesia international challenge badminton tournament, the Indian challenge came to an end as the Prajakta Sawant and Pradnya Gadre combine lost in the 2nd round against Indonesian opponents.

It does still seem that Indian badminton needs to focus a lot more, on improving in the doubles sections, as there is still not enough domestic competition visible, who can challenge the supremacy of the Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa combine in the womens doubles, or the pair of Jwala-V.Diju in the mixed doubles. The men's doubles also looks like a grey area too, with Rupesh Kumar/Sanave Thomas still a long way ahead of the other Indian pairs.

Updates from the Canada Open-2011

Meanwhile in faraway Canada where the Yonex Canada Open is being played simultaneously, both Chetan Anand and RMV Guru Sai Dutt have won their first round matches to progess to the 2nd round. However the doubles pair of Tarun Kona & Pranav Chopra lost against the top seeded Taiwanese pair of Chieh Min Fang / Sheng Mu Lee in straight sets.


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