18 October 09, Almere (Holland): World no.18 Chetan Anand won the biggest tournament of his career with a straight games demolition of local hope Eric Pang in the final of the Dutch Open Grand Prix Gold here on Sunday. The top-ranked Indian beat the world no.24 and sixth seed 21-12 21-15 for his first-ever GP Gold title.
The title salvaged what has been an ordinary year thus far for the former national champion. This makes him the first Indian male to win a GP Gold title.
The Dutch Open, with a draw of 64, saw Chetan cruise through six opponents – including two Indians – without the loss of a game. In the first two rounds he disposed off Julien Warnotte (Ger) and Misha Zilberman (Isr), while in the third he had it surprisingly easy over compatriot Ajay Jayaram, who had shocked 10th seed Ville Lang in the first round.
Next up was Parupalli Kashyap, and Chetan again came through after a tight first game, 23-21 21-14. In the semifinal it was Dutchman Dicky Palyama, and the Indian took less than half-an-hour to subdue him, 21-14 21-6.
Finally, he took on Palyama’s countryman Eric Pang in the title clash. The first game was Chetan all the way, leading from start to finish. In the second game, the Dutchman clung on until 3-all, but from there Chetan stepped on the gas and maintained a comfortable distance.
The other Indians in the draw disappointed. Anand Pawar (13) could not trouble Malaysian Wong Choon Hann (21-14 21-18) in the third round, while Anup Sridhar and Arvind Bhat were unlucky to run into each other. Arvind prevailed in a cracker of a contest, 21-17 23-25 23-21 to enter the quarterfinals. He could not get the better of Eric Pang in a 21-10 21-19 result.
Among the women, Aditi Mutatkar won her first round match, but could not get the better of Karin Schnasse (Ger) in a tough three-setter, after beating Ukrainian Elena Prous in the first round (22-20 21-17).
In the men’s doubles, Rupesh Kumar/ Sanave Thomas lost to sixth seeds Kristoff Hopp/ Johannes Schoettler (Ger) 21-9 23-21, while Akshay Dewalkar/ Jishnu Sanyal were second-round casualties.
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