Ind challenge ends at All England Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

The Indian challenge at the All England Open Badminton championship came to a tame end with all the three Indian men bowing out in the second round.

New Delhi:

The Indian challenge at the All England Open Badminton championship came to a tame end with all the three Indian men bowing out in the second round at Birmingham. National Champion Chetan Anand was shown the door by seventh seed Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark 4-15 5-15 while Nikhil Kanetkar went down against ninth seed Wei Ng of Hong Kong 7-15 2-15 late last night, according to information received here. Top rated Indian player, Abhinn Shyam Gupta was the only one who put up a brief fight in the second round encounter but eventually lost to third seed Chen Hong of China 8-15 5-15. Earlier, national women champion Aparna Popat bowed out in the first round itself losing to Yao Jie of Netherlands 7-11 9-11. In the first round, Anand defeated Tooru Matsumoto of Japan 15-10 13-15 15-13, Kanetkar got the better of Chen Yu-Hsiu of Chinese Taipei 15-2 13-15 15-13 while Gupta had little problems in packing off Jan Frohlieh of Czech Republic 15-4 15-8. (PTI)

Topics : Badminton
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