Guangzhou: India's ace shuttler Parupalli Kashyap entered the third round of the World Badminton Championships on Wednesday after his second-round opponent Petr Koukal retired midway through the contest.
Kashyap was leading 14-5 in the first game when his Czech opponent forfeited the game after just 11 minutes into the match. The 13th seeded Kashyap will next face Hu Yun of Hong Kong, who is ranked sixth in the world. Hu has beaten Kashyap twice in the past during the Asia badminton Championship in 2010 and Korea Open early this year.
However, it was a heartbreak for Ajay Jayaram as he suffered a straight-game loss to Pablo Abian in a 31-minute contest in the men's singles.