India Open 2018: Parupalli Kashyap, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa enter quarter-finals
Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma and mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa notched up thrilling three-game wins to enter the quarter-finals
New Delhi: Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma and mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa notched up thrilling three-game wins to enter the quarter-finals of the India Open Super 500 World Tour badminton tournament.
Kashyap, who has been struggling to cross the opening round ever since recovering from his series of injuries, finally reached the quarter-finals of a major event after overcoming compatriot Shreyansh Jaiswal 21-19, 19-21, 21-12.
Coming back after recovering from a shoulder injury, Sameer also dished out an attacking game to see off former World No 3 and 2014 World Championship bronze medallist Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 21-18, 19-21, 21-17 in an hour and 20 minutes match.
Unseeded pair of Satwik and Ashwini then registered a stunning 21-16, 15-21, 23-21 win over third seeded Malaysian combo of Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing. The duo blew four match points before recovering in time to reach their maiden quarter-final of a major tournament.
Eighth seeded Indian duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also entered the quarter-finals after seeing off Malaysian-Indian pair of Yogendran Khrishnan and Prajakta Sawant 21-10, 21-19 in 32 minutes.
Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy too progressed to the last eight stage with a 21-11, 21-15 win over compatriots Tushar Sharma and Chandrabhusan Tripathi.
Earlier, unheralded Mugdha Agrey's campaign ended with a 12-21, 16-21 loss against fifth seeded Beiwen Zhang of USA, while eighth seeded Spaniard Beatriz Corrales ended Ruthvika Shivani Gadde's run with a 21-19, 21-16 win.
Iceland International winners Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg also lost 10-21 11-21 to fifth seeded Danish pair of Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen.
Bajrang, who is under the scanner for lack of attacking moves in his bouts since the Asian Championship, booked his berth in the national team with wins over Sujeet (4-0) and Vishal Kalliraman (2-1).
The committee nominated to oversee judo selection in the country will conduct final trials in seven weight categories from 23 to 26 May, Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Sunday.
It is learnt that Chirag suffered some niggles during the tournament and the pair has informed the Badminton Association of India on Monday about their decision to skip the event this week.