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Kanetkar retires in Round II

New Delhi, Nov. 22 (PTI): Nikhil Kanetkar’s hopes of bagging another international title crashed when he retired from his second-round match at the Scottish meet being held in Glasgow.

According to information received here, Kanetkar conceded the match to Welshman Irwansyah while trailing 15-11 8-15 1-8 last night. Kanetkar won his maiden international crown in Cahors, southern France, last week.

In the first round, the Indian southpaw — runner-up at this grade A tournament in 2001 — was made to sweat by local qualifier Bruce Flockhart before coming through 15-10, 8-15, 15-6.

Chetan Anand bowed out in the first round itself. He was no match for Bjoern Joppien of Germany and lost 6-15, 9-15.

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