NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal made a disappointing return to the court as she crashed out with an opening-round loss of the Japan Open Super Series badminton tournament in Tokyo on Wednesday.
But P Kashyap kept the Indian hopes alive by advancing to the pre-quarterfinals of the tournament.
The only Indian contender in the men's singles, Kashyap kept the tricolour fluttering and notched up a 21-17, 12-21, 21-11 win over Japanese Takuma Ueda in a 51-minute battle.
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World number 34 Kashyap will next take on number three Dane Peter Hoeg Gade in the pre-quarterfinals on Thursday.
However, Saina, coming back after a month-long break, lost 15-21, 23-21, 14-21 to world number 10 Yanjiao Jiang of China in a 53-minute clash in the women's singles.
The seventh seeded Indian mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju also hit a low after their Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold win last month and crashed out of the tournament with an 18-21, 12-21 against Thai combo of Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam.
Jwala had more disappointment in store as she and her Ashwini Ponnappa were beaten 15-21, 21-19, 18-21 against seventh seed Japanese combo of Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna in the women's doubles opener that lasted more than one hour.
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The men's doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas also bit the dust after going down 12-21, 16-21 against the Korean pair of Sung Hyun Ko and Yi Goo Kwon inside 30 minutes.