Playing a Marathon 2nd round match, Kashyap emergged winner as he and PV Sindhu, returning from a long injury, entered 3rd round to join Saina Nehwal. Men’s Doubles team of Manu and Sumeeth also qualified for third round after Walkover. No Indian, except Dinesh Khanna has won a title in Asian Badminton Championship that started in 1962.
The tournament started on April 21. On the first day, Kashyap won his first round match while Women’s Doubles pair of Ashwini and Jwala failed. Srikanth and HS Prannoy could not participate and gave walkover.
Day 1: April 21
Parupalli Kashyap def Zi Liang Derek Wong (Singapore) 21-17 21-13 in 39 minutes to enter second roound.
Ashwiini Ponnappa/Jwala Gutta fought but lost in a match of three sets 21-17 15-21 21-15 in 45 minutes to Ya Ching Hsu/Yu Po Pai of Taipei.
Day 2: April 22
- 8th seed PV Sindhu marked her return from injury to the court by demolishing Anait Khurshudyan (Uzbekistan) 21-6 21-5 in just 16 minutes.
P Kashyap won 2nd round match against Jen Hao Hsu (Taipei) 15-21 21-18 21-19 in 1 hour 54 minutes.
Manu Attri Arya Pankaryanira/Sumeeth Reddy B qualified to 3rd round of Men’s Doubles match after walkover from Ahmad Shekib Iqbal/Ahmad Faheem Yari (Afghanistan)
Akshay Dewalkar/Pranaav Jerry Chopra lost 21-15 21-17 in Men’s Doubles 1st round match to 4th seeds Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa from Japan in 36 minutes.
Mixed Doubles: Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan to play 2nd round vs Kai Lu/Yaqiong of China.
Saina Enters Third Round on Walkover
Saina Nehwal has entered the third round without playing a match, She got a Bye in 1st round and walkover from Mariya Anghela Sevilla (Phillipines) in 2nd round. She will play Nozomi Okhura (Japan) in 3rd round, who has also reached there without playing a match.
Walkovers by Indians
3rd Seed K Srikanth failed to participate giving walkover to Artyom Savatyugin (Uzbekistan) in 2nd round.
HS Prannoy also gave walkover in 2nd round as he failed to participate.