NEW DELHI, March 28: India’s B Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the quarterfinals of the India Open badminton tournament after contrasting wins in the men’s singles competition on Thursday.
Praneeth, who had reached the finals at Swiss Open early this month, eked out a thrilling come-from-behind 18-21, 21-16, 21-15 win over fifth seeded compatriot Sameer Verma.
Kashyap, a 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, dished out a superb game to get rid of Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-11, 21-13 in the prequarterfinal contest.
Riya Mookerjee too showed the stomach to fight before going down 8-21, 21-17, 13-21 to eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark.
The women’s doubles pair of Aparna Balan and Sruthi KP edged out Hong Kong duo of Wing Yung and Yeung Nga Ting 21-19, 7-21, 21-17, while the men’s doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Shivam Sharma beat compatriots Aniruddha Mayekar and Vinay Kumar Singh 21-15, 21-11 in the other match.
Gopichand Academy colleagues, Praneeth and Sameer have played against each other five times in the past in the international circuit. Though Praneeth has a 3-2 head-to-head record, he has lost few times to Sameer in domestic events.
Former champions PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the quarterfinals after easy wins but the highlight of the day was HS Prannoy’s thrilling victory over Denmark’s Jan Jorgensen on the third day of the India Open on Thursday.
B Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap also advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Tour Super 500 event after contrasting wins in the men’s singles competition.
Sindhu, who clinched the title in 2017, thrashed Hong Kong’s Deng Joy Xuan 21-11, 21-13 in the women’s singles, while Srikanth recorded a 21-11, 21-16 win over China’s Lu Guangzu in the men’s event.
Olympic silver medallist Sindhu will next face Denmark’s eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt, who had won the Barcelona Spain Masters, while Srikanth set up a meeting with compatriot B Sai Praneeth in a rematch of their 2017 Singapore Open final. (PTI)