Badminton Asia Championships: Parupalli Kashyap enters 3rd round
Indian shuttler battles for nearly two hours to see off Jen Hao Hsu to enter Last 16
Wuhan: Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap entered the third round of men's singles at the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championships here yesterday.
The 28-year-old had to endure a marathon one-hour 53-minute battle against Chinese Taipei's Jen Hao Hsu before he came out on top 15-21, 21-18, 21-19.
Kashyap will next play Chinese seventh seed Zhengming Wang against whom the Hyderabadi has a 1-3 record.
Meanwhile in men's doubles, the pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy got a walkover from Afghan combine Ahmad Shekib Iqbal and Ahmad Faheem Yari to enter the third round where they will face a tough test against Chinese third seeds Xiaolong Liu and Zihan Qiu.
In the same category, it was bad news for Indian shuttlers as Japanese fourth seeds Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa took care of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra in the second round, winning 21-15, 21-17 in 36 minutes.
Two-time World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu made a winning return to the circuit when she beat Uzbekistan's Anait Khurshudyan 21-6, 21-5 to progress to the women's singles third round at the Badminton Asia Championships yesterday. Sindhu has been out of action since January due to a foot injury.