Indian men shuttlers enter 2nd round of New Zealand Badminton Open

13th seed Bhat completely outplayed Yu Fu Lim of Malaysia 21-9 21-13 in 26 minutes. Fourteenth seed Chetan also had little trouble overcoming New Zealand's Asher Richardson 21-10 21-16 in just 23 minutes.

updated: April 10, 2013 17:07 IST
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Auckland: Indian shuttlers started their campaign in the New Zealand Badminton Open on a high, comprehensively winning their respective first round matches of the men's singles event on Wednesday. (File photo: Arvind Bhat)

All the Indians in the fray - Ajay Jayaram, R M V Gurusaidutt, Anand Pawar, Chetan Anand, Arvind Bhat and Kirtesh Dhindhwal - advanced to the second round of the tournament with straight-game victories.

While third seed Jayaram got the better of Winson Neo of Malaysia 21-5 22-20 in just 27 minutes, Gurusaidutt, seeded fourth, took a minute more than Jayaram to beat qualifier Chance Cheng of New Zealand 21-15 21-7.

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