Asian C’ships: Indians bite the dust

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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Sometimes I wonder if I'm the Indian in Thoreau's Walden who makes cane baskets and is surprised nobody wants them. A. was talking about discipline when she said: "But Dev, if you want to move ahead in life, you'll have to be like that," and she may as well have defined everything else for me. I've played the low percentage game for too long to believe there's anything in it but the romance; the odds keep getting jacked up higher and higher; and you may be a good Idealist but a worse Fool.
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