The Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal proceeded with their great run, advancing to the women’s quarterfinals of the Asia Badminton Championship in Wuhan on Thursday.
Sindhu seeded fourth, took only 33 minutes to show signs of improvement of Indonesia’s Choirunnisa 21-15 21-19 in a one-sided women’s singles match.
The world number six will next play the unseeded Cai Yanyan of China in the quarterfinals. London Olympic bronze medallist Saina, who was the last Indian to take the court on Thursday, required only 38 minutes to show signs of improvement of Kim Ga Eun of Korea to enter the last eight round of the women’s singles event.
Saina, seeded seventh, has an intense next experience as she will be facing third seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. In the men’s singles, Sameer disregarded Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus 21-12 21-19. He will next face either Thai shuttler Sitthikom Thammasin or second-seeded Shi Yuqi of China.
India’s mixed doubles pair of Utkarsh Arora and Karishma Wadkar slammed out in the second round subsequent to losing 21-10 21-15 to Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia.