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Chetan Anand wins badminton bronze
March 25, 2006 13:10 IST
Last Updated: March 25, 2006 17:14 IST
Fourth seed Chetan Anand took avenged his defeat in the team events, outlasting England's Aamir Ghaffar 2-1 to win the bronze in the Men's Badminton competition of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Saturday.
However, in the women section, the Indian pair of Saina Nehwal and Trupti Murgunde lost the match for a third place to second seeded English pair of Donna Kellogg and E Gali Emms in straight games 0-2.
Chetan played to a plan and had come prepared for his rival's style of play. The bearded Ghaffar had beaten the Indian in the team event and this evening the fourth seed returned the compliment with a well fought 21-17, 18-21, 21-13 victory.
The 46-minute-long match made for an exciting watch and Chetan emerged winner with deft stroke play.
The Indian attacked Ghaffar's weak defence and returns. He also managed to slow down the pace of the game and dictated the proceedings.
Ghaffar played very fast but fumbled near the net . He also conceded several negative points.
Chetan attacked on Ghaffar's body after realising that his rival was tentative in his returns and with superb smashes on the sidelines he rattled the England player.
To start with, both the players probed each other and looked content to gather a point each to take the score to 11 but from here Chetan opened up and took a two point lead (13-11) with couple of down the line smashes and superior net play helped him clinch the game at 21-17.
Ghaffar was very flat in his approach but tried to steady his game in the next game and was successful. He displayed a remarkable sense of judgment as he left several of Chetan's returns, which looked very much in but fell an inch or two out of the court, and collected seven points in this game.
Ghaffar led 7-4 but Chetan came up with two good half smashes to close the gap and then made it 8-8 taking the score to 10-10. But at this stage the Indian conceded five successive negative points and Ghaffar took over to lead 18-13.