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So we will have three Indians in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Indian Open. Sameer Verma is the last Indian standing in the men's singles after a brilliant performance today. But all eyes will be on the two women PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal who will face off in the quarterfinals on Friday. It promises to be a huge QF day at the Siri fort in New Delhi. Top two seeds Sung Ji Hyun and Carolina Marin will also be in action on Friday. However India's challenge in both men's and women's doubles is over.
PV Sindhu vs Saina Nehwal. What a quarterfinal! Make a note, ladies and gentleman
Carolina Marin has staved off spirited performance from India's Rituparna Das to make the last eight. Marin showed her class as the Indian who played with a lot of heart gave her some moments to worry. In the end, Marin's quality prevailed
11-6! Saina Nehwal has raced to five-point lead at the interval in the first game. She has sharp from minute one and is looking to dominate
Saina has maintained her lead. Good start from the Indian
Yes indeed! Sameer Verma leads 15-12 in the opening game against Yun Hu, while Sourabh Verma has a 14-13 lead in the deciding game against Ka Long. Can the Verma brothers finally give some joy to the Indians?
Kidambi Srikanth loses to Viktor Axelsen 7-21, 12-21 to bow out of the Indian Open
World number 4 Viktor Axelsen seals passage to the Indian Open quarterfinal with a comfortable victory. He was dominant from minute one and didn't give Kidambi Srikanth a sniff. The Indian lost the match in the first game when he was blown away. He did show some resistence in the second game but Axelsen was just in a great rhythm.
Kidambi Srikanth trails in second game against Viktor Axelsen
Srikanth has shown a lot more fight, but Viktor Axelsen has just been too good with his all-round play so far. Hea leads 11-8 at the interval in the second game
Sourabh Verma hits back in style after letting the first game slip. Time for the decider
Sourabh Verma makes a comeback into the match! Takes the second game 21-14. Yonex Sunrise #IndiaSS#IndiaMeSmash
Preview: Indian shuttlers enjoyed a successful outing at the India Open 2017 badminton tournament on Wednesday with most of them sailing through to the second round.
Sameer Verma created one of the biggest upsets of the day when he stunned World No 5 Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-17, 21-10.
PV Sindhu in action against Arundhati Pantawane in the first round. Twitter: @BAI_media
He found his rhythm early in the first game and did not let the Korean play the attacking strokes that he is known for.
Sameer has now set up a relatively easy clash against Hong Kong's unseeded player Hu Yun in the second round.
"I am just taking one game at a time, and do not want to be complacent about facing an unseeded opponent. I am just looking forward to tomorrow's match," an ecstatic Sameer said after the win.
B Sai Praneeth, who played against Kento Nishimoto of Japan, had to fight it out for three gruelling games before coming out on top.
The 23-yr-old Indian was surprised by the range of strokes that his opponent had, and had to slow down the pace of the game to unsettle Nishimoto.
"Kento is a tricky opponent. He is a really good player and I had to play my best game to win the match. That's how difficult it is to win a Super series game," Praneeth said.
It was however, a routine affair for Kidmabi Srikanth who got the better of his Chinese opponent Jun Peng Zhao 21-19, 21-16 in straight games.
Incidentally, Peng had beaten Srikanth in the opening round of this year's All England Superseries Premier.
Srikanth is expected to face a tough battle in the next round as he will take on top seeded Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.
In the women's section, all eyes were on Saina, who is on a comeback spree after a knee injury that she suffered after the Olympics.
The Hyderabadi made short work of Taiwan's Chia Hsin Lee to clinch a 21-10, 21-17 verdict.
With victory in sight right towards the end of the second game, Saina conceded seven soft points, otherwise the margin of win would have been more convincing.
Saina displayed some calculated movements on the court which proved to be too good for the Taiwan girl.
Another Hyderabad girl PV Sindhu brushed aside fellow Indian Arundhati Pantawane 21-17, 21-6.
The third seeded Sindhu proved to be too good for her opponent and did not give her any opening as soon as the second game started.
Earlier in the day, World No 53 Rituparna Das got the better of Taiwan's Mei Hui Chiang, and won 19-21, 21-15, 21-19. She will run into top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in the second round.
With inputs from IANS
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