Highlights, India Open 2018, Quarter-final match: PV Sindhu into semis; Saina Nehwal bows out

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Highlights, India Open 2018, Quarter-final match: PV Sindhu into semis; Saina Nehwal bows out
  • 21:17 (IST)

    In a day of upsets, former World No 1's Carolina Marin and Saina Nehwal crashed out of the India Open 2018. 

    It was a mixed day for Indians as the country's representation in the men's singles division in the tournament came to an end as Sai Praneeth, Parupalli Kashyap and Sameer Verma bowed out of the India Open

    Sindhu was the lone bright spot in the singles division as she made it to yet another semi-final where she will face Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon. 

    In the doubles division, the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy made it into the semi-finals, while other pairs in the women's, men's and mixed doubles went down fighting in their respective matches. 

    That's it from here and thanks for joining our quarter-final coverage. 

    Hope to see you all on Saturday for the semi-final action from the Siri Fort Complex, New Delhi where some of the best in the sport will fight it out to reach the summit clash of the five main events. 

    Thank You!

  • 20:41 (IST)

    And it is curtains at the India Open for two-time former champion World No 10 Saina Nehwal. She loses the match 10-21, 13-21 in 33 minutes to USA's Beiwen Zhang. 

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    14-10! Zhang continues to build on her lead. The crowd's chanting of Saina's name doesn't seem to unnerve the American shuttler 

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  • 20:28 (IST)

    6-4! Saina is fighting back to reduce Zhang's lead. But, she will need to continue to step on the aggression to unsettle the American shuttler who seems to have the Indian ace all figured out so far

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    In a surprising start to the game, USA's Beiwen Zhang wins the opening game 21-10! in a completely one-sided start to this quarter-final against Saina Nehwal. 

  • 20:23 (IST)

Pre-quarters report: Men's singles top seed Kidambi Srikanth of India tumbled out of the second round, while the Indian mixed doubles pair of young Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa registered a stunning victory to join PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal in the quarter-finals of the India Open BWF World Tour 500 on Thursday.

Srikanth lost 19-21, 17-21 to Malaysian qualifier Iskandar Zulkarnain, who will face Sameer Verma on Friday. Sameer moved past Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto 21-18, 19-21, 21-17.

The Indian pair of young Satwik and Ashwini stunned third seeds Tan Kian Menga and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia 21-16, 15-21, 23-21 in a humdinger that lasted more than an hour.

 Highlights, India Open 2018, Quarter-final match: PV Sindhu into semis; Saina Nehwal bows out

File image of PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. AFP

Terming it as an "important victory" for their partnership, Ashwini said that "it was a crazy finish. We really wanted to win this as we were leading (in the match). I'm really happy it went our way".

They will next take on Danish fifth seeds Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen, who downed the Indians Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg 21-10, 21-11.

Among other upsets, Danish second seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen lost to unseeded Chinese pair of Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong, who won 12-21, 23-21, 21-14.

In the women's singles, Sindhu eased past Bulgarian Linda Zetchiri 21-10, 21-14 in 33 minutes, while Saina had no problem in dismissing Denamrk's Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt with a 21-12, 21-11 victory in 22 minutes.

Olympic champion Carolina Marin overcame a scare from Chinese teenager Gao Fangjie 15-21, 21-15, 21-11 to set-up a clash against Hong Kong sixth seed Cheung Ngan Yi, who handed a 21-4, 21-7 drubbing to Thailand's Thamolwan Poopradubsil.

Defending champion Sindhu will next face Spanish eight seed Beatriz Corrales, who defeated Indian Ruthvika Shivani Gadde 21-19, 21-16.

Fourth seeded Saina will take on US' fifth seed Beiwen Zhang, who moved past Indian Mughda Agrey 21-12, 21-16.

In the men's singles, qualifier Shreyansh Jaiswal too put in a spirited display to stretch Parupalli Kashyap before bowing out 19-21, 21-19, 12-21. Kashyap will face Qiao Bin in the quarterfinals, with the Chinese having defeated qualifier Kartikey Gulshan Kumar 21-7, 21-3.

Eighth seed B Sai Praneeth moved past Hu Yun 21-10, 21-15 to set-up a contest against Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien chen.

In the men's doubles, the pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy took only 24 minutes to take out compatriots Tushar Sharma and Chandrabhusan Tripathi with a 21-11, 21-15 victory.

In the women's doubles, seventh seeds Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram got the better of compatriots Rutaparna Panda, Mithula UK 21-12, 21-18 to advance to the last eight.

Ashwini also advanced to the quarter-finals with N Sikki Reddy. The sixth seeded pair defeated Megha Morchana Bora and Sanghamitra Saikia 21-9, 21-2.

Sikki also entered the mixed doubles last eight stage. She partnered Pranaav Jerry Chopra to beat Malaysian-Indian combine of Yogendran Khrishnan and Prajakta Sawant 21-10, 21-19.

With inputs from IANS

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