Sayali fails to qualify for main draw of asia championships
India’s Sayali Gokhale failed to qualify for the main draw of women’s singles event in the Badminton Asia Championships after losing her second and final round qualifier on Tuesday. The Pune girl won the first round of the qualifiers comfortably but could not cross the second-round hurdle. In the first round, the 26-year-old Sayali took just 23 minutes to outplay Sri Lankan Kavindi Ishandika Sirimannage 21-16, 21-14. The Indian fought hard in the next round as well but went down 23-21, 10-21, 10-21 to Ya Ching Hsu of Chinese Taipei in 40 minutes. The main round matches, which starts from Wednesday, will see a number of Indians competing in various categories. World No. 7 Parupalli Kashyap will start his campaign against South Korea’s Ji Hoon Hong in the men’s singles event on Wednesday. Seeded fourth in the tournament, Kashyap is not likely to be challenged much till the semifinals. But in the last four stage, the Indian could face world No. 2 Chen Long of China. Another Indian in the men’s singles category, Sai Praneeth B, will take on Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed of Maldives in his first round match. In the women’s singles category, upcoming star PV Sindhu is expected to have an easy run against Tsz Ka Chan of Hong Kong in the opening round on Wednesday, but in the second round, she is likely to face World No. 6 Wang Shixian, in all probability. The men’s doubles section will see the pair of Tarun Kona and Arun Vishnu taking on Vietnamese duo of Bao Duc Duong and Hoang Nam Nguyen in the first round.