Badminton: Indian challenge ends at Macau Open

New Delhi: Indian challenge at the Macau Open Super Series ended with shuttlers P Kashyap, RMV Gurusaidutt and Aditi Mutatkar losing their respective matches in singles category.

Gurusaidutt, who had reached the finals of the Indian Open in June, put up a brave fight before going down 21-13, 15-21, 17-21 to 16th seed Kazushi Yamada of Japan in an engrossing match that lasted 50 minutes.

In another men`s singles, 12th seed Kashyap was stunned by Daren Liew of Malaysia, who beat Chih Hsun Yang of Chinese Taipei in the first round.

Kashyap squandered a lead to go down 21-13, 13-21, 19-21 in a hard-fought match which lasted almost an hour.

In the women`s singles first round, India`s only hope Aditi Muttatkar was outclassed by Chinese Xuerui Li, who had beaten Saina Nehwal in the Asian badminton Championship in New Delhi.

The Chinese player beat Aditi 21-6, 23-21, 21-14 in a 42-minute clash.


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