Saina in quarterfinal, Kashyap crashes out of Hong Kong Open

New Delhi: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Super Series with a comfortable straight-game win over Salakjit Ponsana of Thailand in Wanchai on Thursday.

The World number two Indian took just 26 minutes to get the better off Ponsana 21-10 21-12 in the second round of the women`s singles event.

However, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist P Kashyap had a disappointing day on the court as the Indian lost in straight-games to fifth seed Jin Chen of China.

Kashyap was defeated 15-21-18-21 by Chen in a 45 minute battle in men`s singles.

Saina surged ahead from 4-4 to a eight point lead and then extended the lead to 16-5 and 18-10 before pocketing the first game comfortably.

The second game was no different as she opened a five point lead at 6-1 and then held her fort to complete a convincing victory.

Saina had played Ponsana twice before -- the Hong Kong Super Series in 2008 and the Thomas and Uber Cup – and the Indian has a 100 per cent record against her Thai rival.

The 20-year-old will take on the winner of the match between Pui Yin Yip and seventh seed Korean Youn Joo Bae in the quarterfinals on Friday.


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