Parupalli Kashyap began his began his Australian Open SuperSeries with victories over of China’s Zhao Junpeng and Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai.What makes the victories even more impressive is the fact the time between the marches was only two hours.Kashyap defeated Zhao Junpeng 21-15 21-18 in 34 minutes as the match had started at 9 am local time, and had to return within little two hours for this match against Sakai which started 12.20 pm, which he also won 21-5 21-16 in 29 minutes.His reward was a first round place against top seed Son Wan Ho of Korea.Kashyap requested the BWF to change the scheduling of Super series qualifying rounds in future in a tweet, as it may be difficult for someone recovering from an injury like him.(1/2)A good start to #AustraliaOpenSS2017 . Request @bwfmedia to change the scheduling of Super series qualifying rounds in future .contd.. pic.twitter.com/Q5HijRNSfj- Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) June 20, 2017(2/2) #zhaojunpeng and #KazumasaSakai with 2hrs in between?????? pic.twitter.com/yUpg8MhjJt- Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) June 20, 2017He also posted a similar message on his Instagram account.A sentiment which was mirrored also by Olympic gold medallist, Carolina Marin, before the start of the India Open in New Delhi on April. “I had the hardest draw in qualifying, but I got two good wins,” said Parupalli in an interview to the BWF.advertisementKashyap had been out of action for most the season so far and is making a return to action of sorts since injuring his shoulder during the Premier Badminton League at the beginning of this year.”I didn’t play almost for a year. The shoulder injury happened during the PBL (Premier Badminton League) final in January. It took three months for it to heal,” he said.”It’s going to take time. The breaks have been long. I feel I’ve lost my base fitness. I had knee surgery earlier, now it’s the shoulder. To recover fitness you need for work for a long period.”There is a strong Indian presence in the main draw of the Australian Open SuperSeries, with winners of the last two Superseries Indonesia Open and Singapore Open, Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth won them respectively, as well as HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram and fellow qualifier of Kashyap, Siril Verma.
Australian Open: After playing back-to-back matches, Parupalli Kashyap asks for a change in schedule