Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap notched up twin wins in the qualifying round to reach the men’s singles main draw at the $400,000 Hong Kong Open Super Series, on Tuesday.
The final qualifying round proved to be a tougher task for the World No. 47 Indian. He faced the 50th ranked local player, Lee Cheuk Yiu, who had accounted for HS Prannoy in the second round of the China Open last week.
Kashyap staved off a fightback from the Hong Kong shuttler and registered a 21-13, 21-19 victory in 38 minutes to set up a first round clash with fellow qualifier Lee Dong Keun, who is placed at 52nd in the rankings.
Indian men’s doubles pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok defeated Hong Kong combo of Li Kuen Hon and Yeung Shing Choi 21-14, 21-18 before going down 19-21, 17-21 to Korean combo of Kim Won Ho and Seung Jae Seo to bow out of the tournament.
Indian mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, who won the national championship recently, lost 18-21, 11-21 to Indonesian combo of Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in the qualifiers.
Rankireddy’s Hong Kong campaign thus ended for he will not be playing in men’s doubles. Ponnappa, though, will be seen in action in women’s doubles alongside N Sikki Reddy.