Popat, Murgunde in second round

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/a/aparnapopat.jpg' class='caption'> Women shuttlers kept Indian hopes alive with the singles and doubles players entering the second round of the World Badminton Championship in Birmingham.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Undeterred by the early exit of their men counterparts, women shuttlers kept the Indian hope alive with both the singles as well as the doubles players booking their place in the second round of the World Badminton Championship. India's top woman shuttler and national champion Aparna Popat defeated Wan Ting Ling of Hong Kong 13-10, 11-8 while Trupti Murgunde got the better of Spain's Dolores Marco 9-11, 11-4, 11-9 in matches played on Tuesday. Popat, who had a one-one record against her 25th ranked opponent, was in control of the match from the beginning as she dominated Ling for the entire 32 minutes. Popat now faces 10th seed Kyeung-Ran Kim of Korea in the second round and could run into second seed Zhang Ning of China in the pre-quarter finals. In another tie, Murgunde, a last minute entrant in the main draw, saw off the challenge of the top Spanish player Marco in a gruelling 56-minute match to set up a second round date with Kaori Mori of Japan who defeated 15th seed Kelly Morgan of Wales. After losing the first game 9-11, Murgunde resorted to a more compact style, taking the remaining two games to advance into the next round. Meanwhile, the men's doubles pair of V Diju and Sanave Thomas lost to Sudket Prapakomal and Patapol Ngernsrisuk of Thailand 13-15, 12-15 in 31 minutes, ending the Indian challenge in the men's event. The women's pair of Jwala Gutta and Shruti Kurien had defeated the Swedish pair of Johanna Persson and Elin Bergblom on the opening day. They now face 16th seed Wen-Hsing Cheng and Yu-Chin Chien of Chinese Taipei in the second round. (PTI)

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