Friday, March 21, 2008
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In the first game, Anup trailed 14-19 at one stage but came back strong to win five points in succession, when it mattered most, to level the game at 19-19. The momentum was clearly in Anup's favor at that point and he went on to wrap up the first game 22-20. In the second game, Shoji got the early momentum on his side, by winning the first five points, and used that to wrap up the game 13-21. In the decider, the tables turned and Anup got the early momentum. He used it to stay well ahead of Shoji throughout the game and eventually wrapped up the game and match 21-14.
In the second round, Anup Sridhar (29) played World No. 7 Taufik Hidayat. Twelve minutes into the first game, with the score reading 11-9 in Taufik's favor, Anup injured his foot and was forced to retire.
Anup’s next tournament is the India Open Grand Prix Gold at Hyderabad from 1-6th April.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Anup Sridhar, World No. 26 and the only Indian male in the main draw, played Dan Lin, the World No. 1 from China, in the first round of the Yonex All England Open Super Series 2008. Anup started off well winning the first game 21-16, but then Lin Dan came back strong to take the next two games 21-8 21-11.
Anup feels he is getting closer and is optimistic of beating Dan Lin soon. Anup has good reason to feel that way as he was the only player, other than Jin Chen who beat Dan Lin in the finals, to take a game off Dan Lin.
Anup's next tournament is the Wilson Swiss Open Super Series 2008, which begins tomorrow. Anup is again the only Indian male in the main draw and plays World No. 17 Shoji Sato from Japan in the first round.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Anup, who just a few days earlier had captained India to a fifth place finish in the Thomas Cup Asia round in Vietnam, lost to Seung, who was part of the Korean team that finished second in the same tournament. Seung eventually went on to reach the semi-finals.
Anup's next tournament is the Yonex All England Super Series 2008 which begins from today. He is the only Indian male in the main draw and plays World No. 1, Lin Dan, in the first round tomorrow. The two have met twice before – 2007 German Open and 2007 World Championships – with Lin Dan winning both.