Kanetkar, Anand in second round

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> On day one of the Indian Oil Asian Satellite Badminton championship, Nikhil Kanetkar, Chetan Anand and Sachin Ratti sailed into the second round.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Indian shuttlers had an easy outing on the first day of the Indian Oil Asian Satellite Badminton championship here with Nikhil Kanetkar, Chetan Anand and Sachin Ratti sailing into the second round. With almost all the top seeds enjoying a first round bye, Ratti took the honours for himself in the morning session as he comfortably beat Malaysia's Jamaluddin Md Hazwan 15-13, 15-4. Ratti, who has the distinction of beating All England Champion Pullela Gopichand soon after he won the title in 2001, seemed rusty in the first game as he failed to hold on to a 12-6 lead. The shuttler, who is coming back from a long injury lay-off, was able to regroup himself in time to take the first game and then never looked back as he took the second and the tie 15-4. In other matches, southpaw Kanetkar defeated Bangladesh's Javed Mustafa 15-5, 15-2 while Chetan Anand got the better of countryman K Srinivasan 15-5, 15-2. The other Indians ensuring a safe passage to the second round include JBS Vidyasagar, Arvind Bhat, Rohan Castelino, C M Shashidhar. But the upcoming Anup Sridhar was not so lucky as he went down to Thailand's Adisak Wiriyaphadungphong in a stiff encounter 15-4, 9-15, 14-17. In the only match of the women's section Manjusha Kanwar came back from a game deficit against qualifier Fatima Nazneen 3-11, 11-4, 11-2 to move into the next round. (PTI)