Sridhar enters pre-quarters

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> National Champion Anup Sridhar has reached the pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open badminton championship at Surabaya.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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National Champion Anup Sridhar reached the pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open badminton championship after trouncing Rafn Bo of Denmark in the second round of men's singles at Surabaya. After pulling off a sensational victory over Shoji Sato of Japan in the first round, Sridhar quelled the challenge of Bo 21-10 21-12 to reach the last 16 of the six-star Grand Prix event. The first round on Wednesday saw Sridhar fight a keen battle with Sato, world no 33, before dumping the favourite 22-20 17-21, 21-19. The 23-year-old, who played a crucial role in India's bronze medal glory in mixed team event in Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, will now take on Yanbo Qiu of Indonesia for a place in the semifinals. But it was disappointment for other Indian shuttlers as none of them were able to clear the first round hurdle. World no. 20 Chetan Anand was knocked off 21-12,15-21, 21-17 by Lu Yi of China while Anand Pawar lost to Adnan Fauzi of Indonesia 21-13 21-16 21-15. Arvind Bhat failed to get past local lad Simon Santoso, going down 21-19 21-18 and P Kashyap lost to Marleve Mainaky 23-21 21-17. Rohan Castelino lost 21-17 21-19 to Sairul Amar. India's top doubles combination of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas was ousted by home favourite Trikus Harjanto and Bambang Suprianto 21-19 21-17 in the first round. V Diju and J Vidyadhar won the opener 21-16 21-16 against Indra Dimas and Sr Hartoko but lost the next round 21-12 21-12 to Lars Paaske and Thomas Laybourn of Denmark. In women's doubles, Saina Nehwal and Ruth Misa lost 21-5 21-7 to Dan Zhang and Tingting Zhao of China in the first round. (PTI)

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