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Saina, Guru in quarterfinals
Jakarta (PTI): Defending champion Saina Nehwal on Thursday entered the quarterfinals of the Indonesian Super Series Premier after registering a...
Jakarta (PTI): Defending champion Saina Nehwal on Thursday entered the quarterfinals of the Indonesian Super Series Premier after registering a comfortable straight-game victory over Sayaka Takahashi of Japan here. R M V Gurusaidutt advanced to the quarterfinals of the men's singles with a hard-fought win over Kazumasa Sakai of Japan, while it was curtains for Sourabh Varma. World number two Saina took 39 minutes to outplay her 24th ranked opponent 21-13, 21-19 in a women's singles second round match at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. The 23-year-old from Hyderabad will take on Carolina Marin of Spain in the quarters. Saina, seeded second, relied on her smashes and superior net play to steer clear of her Japanese rival. The two started on equal footing and were tied till 6-6 before Saina surged ahead to open up a gap of six points. The Japanese managed to clinch a few straight points to reduce the gap to 13-14 at one stage, but the Indian showed her class and easily wrapped up the first game 21-13. Takahashi got her act together in the second game as two rivals got engaged in a fierce battle. Tied at 12-12, the Japanese won three points on the trot to make it 15-12 and then succeeded in maintaining a slender lead over Saina. Gurusaidutt prevailed 21-12, 9-21, 21-19 over Sakai in a contest that lasted a little less than an hour. After a comfortable 12-21 win in the opening game, Gurusaidutt was completely outplayed by his opponent in the second game. The deciding game was a see-saw battle and the scores were tied at 17-17 before the Indian upped the ante in time to advance to the next stage. Guru is World No 23 New Delhi (IANS): Indian men's singles shuttler R.M.V. Gurusaidutt jumped two places to No.23 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday. Mumbai's Ajay Jayaram leaped three places to No.25 while India's best ranked men's shuttler Parupalli Kashyap retained his No.10 position. Meanwhile, in the women's singles, London Olympics medallist Saina Nehwal kept her second place while Hyderabadi P.V. Sindhu is only a step short of top-10 at 11.