Bhat reaches second round of China Open

November 19th, 2008 - 8:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) India’s Arvind Bhat defeated Wee Chung Pei of Malaysia to move into the men’s singles second round of the China Open Super Series badminton at Shanghai Wednesday. Bhat, who beat Chung Pei 21-9, 21-13, will take on Petr Koukal of Czech in the next round.

However, Bhat was the lone Indian survivor in singles competition as Chetan Anand and Saina Nehwal lost their respective first round matches.

Anand lost to Malaysia’s Choong Hann Wong 10-21, 14-21 while Saina went down fighting to fifth seed Lin Zhu of China 6-21, 21-12, 19-21.

Saina though reached the doubles second round as she and her partner Canada’s Anna Rice got the better of Macau’s Ying Long and Ka Lei Mak 21-15, 21-17. They will now play Korean Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim.

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