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Indian shuttlers breeze into pre-quarterfinals

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Melbourne, Mar 22 (UNI) Indian shuttlers, including teenage prodigy Saina Nehwal, recorded straight set games to sail into the pre-quarterfinals of the Men and Women's Badminton competition of the Commonwealth Games here today.

There was no stopping Saina, who thrashed Thillini Jayasinghe in 17 minutes, outlasting the Sri Lanka champion with tremendous powerplay and hustled her into submission.

The Lankan could garner only 18 points in two games and was never in the match.

In the first set, Jayasinghe was trailing 7-13 when the Indian took eight points in a row to close it 21-7 in eight minutes and then clinched the next game 21-11 to seal the match in her favour.

Compatriot Trupti Murgunde made short work of Fijian Alissa Dean and conceded only 10 points before winning the one-sided tie in just 14 minutes.

Murgunde allowed Alissa one point after taking 5-0 lead and then took 15 points in a row and then dropped another point before winning the first set 21-2.

The Fijian managed to get six points more in her second game which Murgunde finished in eight minutes, winning it 21-8.

Unlike Saina and Trupti, Olympian Aparna Popat, however, had to wage a tough battle to go past Malaysian Wong Pei Xian Julia. In a contest that lasted 26 minutes, the two players played attacking and strokeful game.

Julia gave a good fight but Aparna packed too much of punch for her to emerge winner 21-13 and 21-12, both games lasting 13 minutes each.

Among the men shuttlers, World ranked 21 Chetan Anand crushed Mattew John Wilkinson of Isle of Man in 18 minutes and in straight games.

Chetan led from the very start and claimed the first set 21-7 in eight minutes and then took the second 21-10 to wrap up the issue in his favourin just 18 minutes.

National Champion Anup Sridhar had no difficulty in overcoming Wales' Neil Jonathan Morgan.

The Indian took 19 minutes to dispose off the Walesman 21-11, 21-2 in a totally one-sided affair.

However, in the mixed doubles, Indian pair of Diju V and Jwala Gutta suffered defeat as they lost to Singapore's Susilo and Jiang 14-21, 18-21.

UNI HSB AY VC1606

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