National mens singles champion Aravind Bhat of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board was knocked out by a qualifier in the opening round of the 2nd Tata Open All India Badminton Tournament at the CCI on Friday. The second-seeded Bhat,coming into the event after taking part in three international tournaments in South East Asia,was beaten 19-21 16-21 by unheralded Andhra Pradesh shuttler K Tanishaq in 40 minutes. Top seed Chetan Anand set up a quarter-final clash with Ajay Jayaram,as other seeds crossed their pre-quarter hurdles.
Anand,also of Petroleum,sailed into the quarter-finals along with third-seeded team mate P Kashyap and sixth seed Ajay Jayaram,the Mumbai-based shuttler. Anand ousted Pavan Malik of Chhattisgarh and P Vinay Kumar Reddy of AP in the first two rounds in straight games while Kashyap brushed aside the challenges of Utsav Mishra of AI and Saurabh Verma of MP in his first two ties in the Rs 5-lakh tournament.
Eighth seed J B S Vidyadhar of Petroleum was shown the exit door after a 45-minute,three-game battle by his pre-quarterfinal opponent S D S Krishna of Karnataka.
Results: Men (Round 2) Chetan Anand [1 bt Vinay Kumar Reddy. P.21-15 21-13; Ajay Jayaram [6 bt Pratik Patel [Q 21-15,21-10;Kashyap. P. [3 bt Saurabh Verma 21-19 21-12; Krishna S D S lost to Vidyadhar. J. B. S. [8 11-21 21-9 21-13; Sagar Chopda bt Anshuman Hazarika 19-21 21-11 21-10; Anand Pawar [4 bt Srujan Nandaluri 21-14 21-19; Guru Sai Dutt. R. M. V. [7 bt Thomas Kurian 21-19 21-9; Tanishaq. K. [Q bt Mohit Kamat 21-19 21-19. Women: Aditi Mutatkar [1 bt Trupti Lavaniya 21-13 21-12; Neha Pandit [5 bt Radhika Singh Bhati [PFQ 21-12 21-2; M Ashwini Ponnappa [4 bt Bibari Basumatary 21-16 21-14; Gayatri Vartak [6 bt Saloni Yadav [PFQ 21-17 21-16; Trupti Murgunde w/o Rima Jhaveri [PFQ; Mudra Dhainje [3 bt Arundhati Pantawane 21-11 12-21 21-16; Parssa Naqvi [8 bt Manali Sinha 21-13 21-15; Sayali Gokhale [2 bt Saumya Padhye [PFQ 21-13 21-12.