Chengdu (China): The Indian challenge at the Badminton Asia Championships fizzled out on Wednesday, with only the mixed doubles pair of Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan remaining in the fray thanks to a walkover.
Among those who fell in the main draw were national champ Aditi Mutatkar and junior champion Sai Praneeth. The BAC, going on in Chengdu, China, has seen a strong turnout of local shuttlers, with defending champion Lin Dan leading the way.
While Aditi was run down by Thailand’s Salakjit Ponsana 21-14 14-21 21-7 in the first round, Praneeth was outclassed by Japan’s tenth seed Kazushi Yamada, 21-17 21-13, in the second round. Other Indian casualties were Pranav Chopra/ Prajakta Sawant (lost to Mohd Rizal/ Debby Susanto 21-10, 21-15), Pranav Chopra/ Tarun Kona (l to Liu Xiaolong/ Qiu Zihan 21-10 21-10); Akshay Dewalkar/ Arun Vishnu (l to Hiroyuki Endo/ Kenichi Hayakawa 21-17 21-15); Manu Attri/ Jishnu Sanyal (l to Bang Duc/ Manh Thang 25-23 14-21 21-14) and Pradnya Gadre/ Prajakta Sawant (l to 3rd seeds Shu Cheng/ Ma Jin 21-9 21-9). Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan entered the second round thanks to a walkover from Korea’s Baek Cheol Shin/ Min Jung Kim.
World No.1 Lin Dan breezed past Amar Awad of Syria in the second round and will take on compatriot Wen Kai next.
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