Anand, Castelino begin well

Three-time national champion B Chetan Anand posted a 21-5, 21-15 victory over Vishal Garg of Assam in the second qualifying round of the 78th Senior National badminton championship here on Monday.

Also winning their qualifying matches were former junior national champion Rohan Castelino of Karnataka and U-17 national champion Daniel Farid, who had recently also won the Junior Nationals U-19 Category in Chandigarh.

Castelino defeated Sudhanshu Medsikar of Maharashtra 21-8, 21-12 while Farid ousted Ameya Oak of Maharashtra 21-9, 21-18.

In another second round match, Delhi’s Sachin Rawat beat Karthikey K of Karnataka 21-10, 21-18.

Karnataka’s Aditya Prakash also advanced, defeating Anurag Thakkar (MP) 21-9, 21-7.
Karnataka squad: Men: Rohan Castelino (captain), Anup Sridhar, Arvind Bhat, Abhishek Yeligar, Aditya R Prakash, Prakash Jolly, Guruprasad D, Vineeth Manuel, Adarsh Kumar S, Venkatesh Prasad. Women: Jacqueline Rose Kunnath, V Ruth Misha, GM Nischitha, Varsha Belwadi.

Coach: KP Vasanth Kumar. Manager: MS Nagarjuna.

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