Kashyap makes London 2012 cut Indian shuttler P Kashyap’s opponent, Chen Jin, withdrew at the last moment after making the Olympic cut. By Shrikant Shankar Saturday 28th April 2012 http://www.espnstar.com/other-sport...item793139/Kashyap-‘walks’-into-London-Games/ Parupalli Kashyap qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games on a dramatic note in the Indian Open Super Series badminton championships at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi on Friday. As the eager crowd expected a thriller of a contest between the two London 2012 Olympics hopefuls, China’s world No.4 Chen Jin pulled out at the very last minute to hand Kashyap an Olympic berth. The Indian Open is the last tournament for badminton players to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Chen Jin, seeded third, decided to give the Indian shuttler a walkover in the quarterfinals as his London 2012 Olympics berth was confirmed after the earlier loss of second seed Peter Gade of Denmark. Gade lost to Wan Ho Shon of South Korea 24-22 21-18. Kashyap will now play Wan Ho Shon in the semi-finals. With the results, India’s Ajay Jayaram lost out on the opportunity to get on the plane to London. Only one could have participated in the London 2012 Olympics, and Kashyap will be India’s sole entry in the men’s singles category. “I feel luck has played a huge part in me qualifying for the Olympics. I did want to fight it out against Chen Jin, but these things can happen,” said a delighted Kashyap. “Thursday’s victory (against Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand) was crucial. Now I want to do well in the semi-finals.” In one of the most exciting matches on Friday, Indian women’s doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa went down fighting against Japan’s third seeds Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna 19-21 21-13 21-14 in the quarterfinals. Despite the loss, the pair will be on the plane to London. “We are quite capable of getting a medal in the Olympics,” said a highly confident Jwala after the match. About the match, she however said: “We played well, but should have had more control. They did not win points, but we handed it to them.” In one of the most anticipated matches, Malaysia’s world No.1 Lee Chong Wei outclassed seventh seed Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 21-16 21-13 in the men’s singles quarterfinals. Taufik, Athens 2004 Olympic Games gold medallist, was no match for the younger Chong Wei’s speed and agility. The Indonesian maestro, already one of the crowd favourites, showed glimpses of what he can do early in the first game. Known for his exceptional backhand, Hidayat thrilled the gathered crowd to some extra-ordinary strokes. But Chong Wei, also the defending champion, was too good for Hidayat. In the second game, he hardly broke sweat as he wrapped up the match in just over half an hour. This was a complete contrast to his earlier round, where Jayaram pushed Chong Wei till the third game. “I was happy with my game. In the first and second rounds, I didn’t play well. So, had to up my game a bit,” said the Malaysian. In the women’s singles, one of India’s bright prospects, PV Sindhu, fought heroically before losing to fourth seed Yanjiao Jiang of China 18-21 21-12 21-18. In the men’s doubles, India’s Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas lost to Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit of Thailand 21-12 21-12.