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Chetan leads Indians’ march into main draw

Four-time national champion Chetan Anand led the Indian bandwagon into the main draw of the India Open Super Seriesbadminton tournament on the qualifying day at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Tuesday.

Besides Chetan, the other three male shuttlers to have moved into the main draw are Subhankar Dey, Arvind Bhat and H S Prannoy.

The women’s singles qualifying round also saw all four Indians making it to the main draw. Rituparna Das, Trupti Murgunde, G Ruthvika Shivani and Saili Rane won their respective first and second round qualification matches. One of the biggest names in the qualifiers, Chetan had an easy first round match, but he had to struggle hard against Sameer Varma in the second round.

Having beaten Abhimanyu Singh 21-17 21-12 in the first round, Chetan fought a hard battle to prevail over Sameer 22-20 11-21 21-13 in 37 minutes to finally move into the main draw.

In other men’s qualifying matches, Subhankar beat Oscar Bansal 21-23 21-10 21-16, while Arvind defeated Aditya Prakash 20-22 2114 21-18 and Anup Sridhar lost to Prannoy 17-21 14-21.

In the women’s qualification, Rituparna got the better of Mohita Sahdev 21-16 21-11 and Trupti defeated Anastasia Chervaykova of Russia 21-19 21-19. Shivani outplayed Varsha V Belawadi 21-11 21-11, while Saili beat Jacqueline Rose Kunnath 21-15 21-14.

‘I am still not 100 per cent fit but I am feeling good now. Last time I tried to come back a bit too early. So this time I made sure that I recover well,’ said Chetan.
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