Kashyap advances; Saina crashes out

The only Indian contender in the men’s singles, Kashyap kept the tricolour fluttering and notched up a 21-17, 12-21, 21-11 win over Japanese Takuma Ueda in a 51-minute battle. World number 34 Kashyap will next meet number three Dane Peter Hoeg Gade on Thursday.

However, Saina, coming back after a month-long break, lost 15-21, 23-21, 14-21 to world number 10 Yanjiao Jiang of China in the women’s singles. The seventh-seeded Indian mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju also hit a low after their Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold win last month and crashed out of the tournament with an 18-21, 12-21 loss against Thai combo of Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam.

Jwala had more disappointment in store as she and her partner Ashwini Ponnappa were beaten 15-21, 21-19, 18-21 against Japanese combo of Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna in the women’s doubles opener.

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