Olympics: Kashyap brings cheer after early reverses (Lead)July 28th, 2012 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 28 (IANS) Parupalli Kashyap brought some smiles back on the faces of India’s supporters winning his first round badminton singles after his teammates Jwala Gutta and V. Diju had lost their mixed doubles match and the men archers bowed out of the team event in a tie-break here Saturday.
It was not the kind of start India looked for till Kashyap took the court. The Olympic debutant showed great touch in defeating Belgian Yuhan Tan 21-14, 21-12 in a Group D match in 38 minutes at the Wembley Arena.
Kashyap’s win made up for the tame loss of Diju and Jwala, who went down to Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsi in straight games in their opening group match 16-21, 12-21.
The Indians hardly matched the third-seeded Indonesians and their Group C match was over in a mere 27 minutes. This was their second successive defeat at the hands of the Indonesian pair, having lost to them at last year’s French Open.
Diju and Jwala will now have to win their remaining two group matches to qualify for the knockout round, beginning Wednesday. Only two of the four teams will qualify for the quarter-finals from each of the four groups.
The Indian World No.13 pair will next face Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark Sunday, a pair that has beaten them in both their previous meetings.
As for the Indian archers, they tied with Japan before losing in the tie-breaker.
Both teams were tied at 214-214 after the stipulated four rounds in the opening elimination round at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The Japanese team comprising Yu Ishizu, Hideki Kikuchi and Takaharu Furukaw held their nerves to shoot two tens and a nine in the shoot-out. In reply, the Indian trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai could manage only 27 points by shooting three nines.
India finished last out of 12 teams in the ranking round Friday while Japan were fifth.
The women’s outfit of Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayala Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro play their eliminator against Denmark Sunday.
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