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Anand enters badminton semis
March 24, 2006 12:30 IST
Chetan Anand edged past Hendra Wijaya of Singapore to enter the semi-finals of the men's singles badminton event at the 18th Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Friday.
Anand is India's sole medal hope in the singles as national champions Anup Sridhar and Aparna Popat bowed out after losing their men's and women's quarter-final matches respectively at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
Fourth seed Anand notched up a hard-fought 21-16, 13-21, 21-11 to reach the last four.
Anand will now take on Wong Choong Hann of Malaysia for a place in the finals later on Friday.
Aparna, who dumped defending champion Li Li of Singapore on Thursday, ran out of steam to go down 21-13, 21-14 against Elizabeth Cann of Jersey.
Anup Sridhar lost 21-15, 21-18 to top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.
Men's Singles (quarter-finals):
Chetan Anand (IND) bt Hendra Wijaya (SIN) 21-16, 13-21, 21-11
Lee Chong Wei (MAS) bt Anup Sridhar (IND) 21-15, 21-18
Wong Choong Hann (MAS) bt Lee Yen Hui Kendrick (SIN) 21-17, 22-20
Aamir Ghaffar (ENG) bt Niluka Karunaratne (SRI) 21-19, 21-19
Women's singles (quarter-finals):
Elizabeth Cann (JER) Aparna Popat (IND) 21-13, 21-14
Wong Mew Choo (MAS) bt Xing Aiyang (SIN) 21-10, 21-8
Tracey Hallam (ENG) bt Rachel Hindley (NZL) 21-11, 21-6
Susan Hughes (SCO) bt Fan Francies Liu (SIN) 21-18, 21-19.