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Satish Anand qualifies for pre-quarters of BWF World Senior Championships

Anand beat England's Peter Emptage 21-19, 21-14 in the 65+ men's singles category

Indian shuttler Satish Anand beat England’s Peter Emptage in the 65-plus men’s singles category to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the BWF World Senior Championships in Kochi on Tuesday, reported PTI.

Satish was in supreme form as the beat the Englishman 21-19, 21-14 in 20 minutes to cause the first major upset in the tournament. He will now face Sin Oong Ong of Malaysia in a bid to enter the quarters.

Hubert Miranda also booked his spot in the round-of-16 with a comprehensive straight games victory over Noriaki Imai of Japan. The Indian took just over 20 minutes to win 21-14, 21-12.

In another match in the 45-plus men’s singles category, Jaison Xavier registered an easy 21-4, 21-8 victory over Sebastien Grad of France to qualify for the round-of-16. He will face Tamas Gebhard of France next.

Vijay Sharma also kept his hopes alive in the tournament as he won 21-4, 21-8 over Russia’s Dmitry Makarenkov. He will now face Justin Andrews in the pre-quarters of the 45-plus age category.

In the 50-plus men singles competition, Jayant Dewangan made it to the next round after he was awarded a walkover by his Swedish opponent Nils Carlson. He will meet now meet the top seeded Narong Vanichitsarakul of Thailand in the pre- quarterfinals stage.

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