Gopichand crashes out in quarter finals

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> India's badminton star Pullela Gopichand suffered a stunning 1-7, 1-7, 4-7 defeat in the quarter finals at the hands of Malaysian Choong Hann Wong. Meanwhile Ap

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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India's badminton star Pullela Gopichand suffered a stunning defeat in the quarter finals while Aparna Popat kept her medals hopes alive by moving into the semi finals in the badminton event of the Commonwealth Games here today. Gopichand, one of the main medal contenders in the men's section, appeared totally off colour as he succumbed to Malaysia's Choong Hann Wong in straight sets. The former All England Champion could never really find his rhythm against the Malaysian who capitalized on a number of unforced errors by the highly rated Indian to carve out a facile 7-1, 7-1, 7-4 victory. Gopi has not played upto his awesome reputation in the Games and the story was no different today as he struggled to match his Malaysian opponent in every department of the game. While Gopi's premature exit has deprived the Indians of a coveted medal, Aparna Popat kept herself on course for a medal by romping into the semi-finals of the women's singles section. Aparna had no difficulty in brushing aside the challenge of Canada's Denyse Julien with a fluent 7-1, 7-0, 7-0 verdict to reach the semis. (PTI)

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