National mens singles champion Arvind 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 here today.
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 quarterfinal clash with Ajay Jayaram,as other seeds crossed their pre-quarter hurdles. I felt dull on the court and he played well. I thought he would crack when scores were close,but he held hism nerves, Bhat said after his shock first round exit. Bhat conceded he made too many unforced errors and could not exert control over the shuttle as much as he wanted. I spoke to Prakash Padukone and am taking a break now and start training in a weeks time for the World Championship (in August in Hyderabad),said the shuttler who trains at the Padukone Academy in Bangalore.
Top seed Chetan Anand,also of Petroleum,sailed into the quarterfinals along with third seeded teammate 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 challenge from Utsav Mishra of AI and Saurabh Verma of MP in his first two ties in the Rs 5-lakh tournament.
There was another upset when 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.
In the match between Bhat and Tanishaq,who came through four rounds of qualifiers into the 32-man main draw,scores ran neck to neck till 9-all in the first game before the former surged ahead 15-13.
But his opponent rattled off seven points while allowing Bhat to grab only two to be at game point at 20-17. The second seed then hit the shuttle out to lose the game. Tanishaq dominated the second game from the beginning to surge to a commanding 13-6 lead before Bhat recovered poise and narrowed down the gap to one point (15-16). But Bhat continued his error-prone ways and managed to win just one more point in the match.
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.