Saina, Kashyap in Singapore Super Series semifinals

Updated: Jun 18, 2010, 19:29 PM IST

Singapore: Top seed Saina Nehwal stormed into the semifinal of the women`s singles event while P Kashyap reached the last four stage in men`s singles after beating fellow Indian Arvind Bhat in the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament here on Friday.

World number six Saina needed just 32 minutes for her 21-17 21-14 win over qualifier Li Xuerui of China at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Saina will meet fourth seeded Lan Lu of China tomorrow for a place in the summit clash. Lu had beaten unseeded Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-12 21-9 in another quarterfinal match.

In the men`s singles also, Kashyap made it to the semifinals with a 21-17 21-16 win over compatriot Arvind Bhat in a quarterfinal match that lasted 40 minutes.

It was though curtains for India in the women`s doubles and mixed doubles as they failed to get past the quarterfinals.

In the women`s doubles quarterfinal, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 11-21 19-21 to Singapore duo of Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao.

In mixed doubles, Gutta and V Diju, seeded sixth, lost to secon0d seeds Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark 19-21 16-21 in the quarterfinals.