Saina, Kashyap and Sourabh reach quarters of Thailand Open

New Delhi: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold after registering a thrilling three-game victory in the women`s singles second round in Bangkok.

World number four Saina beat unseeded Japanese shuttler Mitani Minatsu 21-13, 15-21, 21-7 in a 46-minute match to set up a clash with seventh seed Xuerui Li in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

In men`s singles, top Indian P Kashyap and young gun Sourabh Verma also registered contrasting wins in the pre-quarters to reach the last-eight stage.

Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Kashyap, seeded 14th, outlasted Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif of Malaysia 21-16, 19-21, 21-12 in a 58-minute match. The Andhra Pradesh lad will face top seed Chen Long of China tomorrow.

Madhya Pradesh-player Sourabh, who turned heads with his giant killing act in the Indian Open Super Series in April, continued his rampaging run and defeated Beng Hong Kuan of Malaysia 21-19, 23-25, 21-14.

The 21-year-old will take on third seed Korean Sung Hwan Park in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

While the singles players impressed, the doubles pairs disappointed with both the men`s and women`s combos becoming first round causalities.

Up against the fifth seeded Chinese pair of Biao Chai and Zhendong Guo, Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas went down 21-8, 21-14 in 30 minutes.

The eighth seeded women`s pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also couldn`t cross the first round and suffered a 21-23, 13-21 defeat to Lok Yan Poon and Ying Suet Tse.


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