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Indian shuttlers make good start

March 24, 2009 19:47 IST

Indian shuttlers had a good day in office, with as many as four reaching the main draw of women's singles after winning their respective qualifying round matches at the Yonex Sunrise Indian Open, in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Aparna Balan, Ashwini Ponnappa, Arundhati Pantawane and Chitralekha progressed to the main draw.

Balan beat Mohita Sachdev 21-11, 21-14 in just 20 minutes in the first round of qualifiers and then edged past P V Sindhu 21-16, 15-21, 21-18.

Ponnappa defeated Bibar Basumatari 21-14, 21-11 before accounting for Anuradha Shrikhande 21-17, 21-17 in the second match.

Pantawane defeated Meenakshi Nair 21-13, 21-15 and then made short work of Manisha K 21-5, 21-14 while Chitralekha knocked out Sara Devi Tamang 21-16, 21-11 and then beat Anita Ohlan 21-17, 25-23 to make it to the main draw.

In the men's doubles qualifier, Sai Praneeth B and Pranav Chopra, Bennett Anthony and PH Suraj and Jayan James and K S Hersen won their respective matches and along with D Guruprasad and Vineeth Manuel, who got a walkover, entered the main draw.

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