India beat Singapore 3-2 in Thomas Cup Asia prelims

New Delhi: Led by ace shuttler P Kashyap, the Indian men`s team made a winning start to its campaign as it defeated Singapore 3-2 in the first match of the Thomas Cup Asia Zone preliminaries at Macau on Monday.

World number 29 Kashyap started the proceedings for India as he sent packing Zi Liang Derek Wong 21-16 21-19 in a match that lasted for 40 minutes.

Experienced doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas then crushed Zhao Jiang Terry Yeo and Liu Yi 21-8 21-15 in a 29-minute match to give India a 2-0 lead.

Rising shuttler and national champion Sourabh Varma then took the court but the Indian could not get past Yong Zhao Ashton Chen as his gallant fight, lasting 48 minutes, ended with a 20-22 16-21 defeat.

However, Akshay Dewalkar and Pranav Chopra ensured that there was no more hiccup and joined hands to beat Chayut Triyachart and H C Jeffrey Wong 21-19 21-16 in just 26 minutes to take India to 3-1.

World number 71 Anand Pawar was then handed the onus to tame Chao Huang in the third singles and the Mumbai lad played his heart out before going down 14-21 21-6 18-21 to the Singaporean.

India will next take on hosts Macau tomorrow. The Indian men`s team had reached the knockout stage in the last edition in 2010.


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