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Aparna in second round

New Delhi: Indian women shuttlers kept their hopes alive in the world badminton championships in Birmingham.

Indiaís top woman shuttler and national champion Aparna Popat defeated Wan Ting Ling of Hong Kong 13-10, 11-8 while Trupti Murgunde got the better of Spainís Dolores Marco 9-11, 11-4, 11-9 Tuesday, according to information recieved here.

Popat, who had a one-one record against her 25th ranked opponent, was in control as she dominated Ling for the entire 32 minutes.

Popat now faces 10th seed Kyeung-Ran Kim of Korea in the second round and could run into second seed Zhang Ning of China in the pre-quarter finals.

In another tie, Murgunde, a last minute entrant in the main draw, saw off the challenge of the top Spanish player Marco in a gruelling 56-minute match to set up a second round date with Kaori Mori of Japan who defeated 15th seed Kelly Morgan.

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