Anup Sridhar came into the tournament immediately after playing the Proton Malaysia Open Super Series 2008 where he reached the pre-quarter finals, losing to Hyun Ii Lee who was the eventual runner-up.
Anup had little time to shed off the travel fatigue and jet lag in pursuit of the title of National Champion (which has little significance beyond the title). Anup was the top seeded player in the tournament as he was the No. 1 ranked player in
The tournament started with the Team event, where Anup lead the Petroleum Sports Control Board to the title. In Men’s singles that followed, Anup’s run ended at the semi-finals where he was edged out by Chetan Anand, who was the defending National Champion, in a tight three-set match.
Anup’s next tournament is the Thomas Cup in