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Winning start by Indian shuttlers in individual events

Written by: Staff

Melbourne, Mar 21 (UNI) After their creditable bronze medal winning performance in the mixed team event, Indian shuttlers started their campaign in the open event with facile victories in the Badminton competition of the Commonwealth Games here today.

National champion Anup Sridhar reduced the match against Burty Molia of Fiji to a no-contest as he finished the first round game in 17 minutes.

The tall and lanky Sridhar did not exert himself while thrashing Molia 21-7, 21-1. The Indian was never troubled by his Fijian rival in any of the two sets.

Sridhar, with powerful stroke play, demolished Molia who had a tough time in returning the shots and was left stranded on many occasions as the shuttle whizzed past him.

The Indian led comfortably in the first set and at one stage had a lead of 11-3 but then conceded four points to his rival before clinching the set 21-7.

In the second set, Sridhar relaxed his hold on the proceedings and that helped his rival to notch up few points but he smashed his way back and finished the set and the match with a powerful forehand shot to which his rival had no answer.

Meanwhile, teenage prodigy Saina Nehwal demolished Karen Kune Foo of Mauritius in straight sets in a match that lasted barely 13 minutes.

Saina -- who had scalped world ranked players from Singapore, England and New Zealand in the team event -- proved too good for Karen and emerged winner with a 21-6, 21-3 score.

The Indian led Karen 5-2 and then 6-4 before winning eleven points on the trot to be ahead 17-4 before claiming the first set in six minutes.

In the second, Saina toyed with her rival, who could garner only three points as the Hyderabadi girl wrapped the set in seven minutes to clinch the match.

However, Olympian Aparna Popat had to wage a grim battle to put it across Scotland's Y Wemyss. The former National Champion survived a scare in the first set before she managed to win it.

Wemyss again fought well in the second set and Aparna had to use all her experience to ward off the challenge. The Scot refused to give up as she took lead on a couple of occasions but then conceded several negative points for the 28-year old Indian to captalise and emerge winner 21-18, 21-17.

The fourth Indian to make it to the next round was Trupti Murgunde, who took only 14 minutes to dispose off Bahamas's Slesha Shakeria Waithe.

It was a one sided match and Trupti conceded only 13 points to her rival in two sets before emerging winner 21-4, 21-9.

In the first set, Trupti led 7-1 at one stage and then increased the lead to 14-3 before closing the set.

In the second set, the Indian led 10-0 at one stage but then allowed her rival nine points before finishing it off to take the match.


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