Changzhou: Parupalli Kashyap, who is the first Indian to reach the quarter-final of Olympics' Badminton event, has stepped up in the second round of the Li Ning China Masters Badminton Tournament in Changzhou. It was reasonably a good day for India, as P Kashyap won a tough match against Chinese qualifier Huan Gao on Wednesday.
The Commonwealth Games bronze-medalist is standing at the eighth place in the World-Ranking. He was given a hard fight by the Chinese competitor, Gao. The fight could be easily seen by looking at the score board which showed 21-13, 14-21, 21-19.
Kashyap will meet compatriot R M V Gurusaidutt, who endured an equally tough time before beating Malaysia's Muhammad Hafiz Hashim 21-18, 19-21, 21-13 in exactly 60 minutes.
Ajay Jayaram is up for his second match against Singapore's Zi Liang Derek Wong, as he scored an upset victory, beating third-seeded Japanese Kenichi Tago 21-13, 21-17.
Sourabh Verma also made his way into the next round after rallying to beat Malaysia's Daren Liew 9-21, 21-17, 21-12 in a little over 60 minutes.
P V Sindhu, who is the only Indian woman to be in the women’s singles fray, also made a fine start, sailing past the United States' Jamie Subandhi 21-15, 21-12.
Sindhu has a tough second round match against eighth-seeded Thai Porntip Buranaprasertsuk.
Among thsoe Indians who disappointed, were Anand Pawar, who lost 17-21, 12-21 to second-seeded Chinese Jin Chen in 43 minutes.
In the men's doubles, Tarun Kona and Arun Vishnu let slip the advantage of winning the first game and lost 21-18, 12-21, 19-21 to the Danish pair of Rasmus Bonde and Mads Conrad-Petersen, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar lost 11-21, 21-17, 18-21 to the Thai team of Patiphat Chalardchaleam and Nipitphon Puangpuapech in 52 minutes.