Bhupathi-Bopanna Out, Kashyap, Devendro in Pre-Qtrs
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, who had forced parent tennis body AITA to pair them up for the Olympic Games, crashed out of the mega event today after being beaten in straight sets by the French duo of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet in the men's doubles here.

The Bhupathi-Bopanna combine failed to put up any meaningful resistance and lost the second round encounter 3-6 4-6 in an hour and 17 minutes to make their exit that has left Leander Paes, with whom both the players refused to play -- and his young partner Vishnu Vardhan -- as the lone hope for India in tennis.

In badminton, the women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa crashed out despite recording a 21-16 21-15 win in just over half an hour over Lei Yao and Shinta Mulia Sari of Singapore, their second successive win in Group B.

Earlier, young guns Parupalli Kashyap and L Devendro Singh came up with stellar displays on Day 4 of the competitions, but India failed to add any medal to the bronze won by rifle shooter Gagan Narang here.

Shuttler Kashyap, 25, and boxer Devendro, 20, produced top drawer stuff and came up with all-out aggression to floor their respective opponents and storm into the pre-quarterfinals.

Kashyap, from Hyderabad, lit up the morning by shocking his higher ranked rival Tien Minh Nguye of Vietnam, a quarter finalist at the last world championship, in straight games to progress to the last 16 of men's singles.

Kashyap, ranked 21st in the world, outplayed his rival who is ranked 11 places above him, 21-9 21-14 in the second and final Group D match to clinch a berth in the knock-out stage by topping Group D, having beaten Tan Yuhan of Belgium in an earlier group match.

Kashyap next runs into Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne who shocked eighth seed Kenichi Tago of Japan. He, thus, joined top woman shuttler and India's main medal hope in badminton, Saina Nehwal, in the last 16.

Manipuri lad Devendro, made a sensational debut in the Olympics, storming into the pre-quarterfinals of men's light fly weight category (49kg) in just two minutes and 64 seconds at the ExCel Arena.

Devendro knocked out his opponent Bayron Molina Figueroa of Hondurus with 36 seconds left in the opening round as the referee halted the unequal contest.

The RSC verdict for Devendro helped him join teammates Vijender Singh and Jai Bhagwan in the pre-quarterfinals of the boxing competition.

However, there was disappointment in store in archery where the seasoned Rahul Banerjee entered the round of 32 of the men's individual event after comfortably beating Janstan Gantugs of Mongolia 6-0 before exiting, while two others - Jayanta Talukda and Chekrovolu Swuro - crashed out by losing their opening encounters.
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Aug 01, 2012
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 And they thought that ONLY they could bring back a medal for the country...!!!

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