Rupesh-Thomas pair reaches New Zealand Open final

Last Updated: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 16:46

New Delhi: Indian men`s doubles pair of
Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas notched up a straight-game win over Malaysian rivals Teik Chai Gan and Bin Shen Tan to cruise into the finals of the New Zealand Open Grand Prix badminton tournament in Auckland on Friday.

The top seeded Indian duo took just half an hour to beat
the Malaysians 21-15, 21-14 in the semifinals today.

The duo, who also made the finals of last week`s
Australian Open Grand Prix, will fight for the title against
the fourth seeded Japanese pair of Hirokatsu Hashimoto and
Noriyasu Hirata, who beat second seeds Fernando Kurniawan and
Lingga Lie of Indonesia 21-16, 17-21, 21-17 in another match.

However, it was curtains for the women`s doubles combo of
Aparna Balan and Shruti Kurian.

The Australian Open runners-up lost 19-21, 15-21 to top
seeds Tsz Ka Chan and Ying Suet Tse of Hong Kong in a
27-minute battle.

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First Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 16:46

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