Syed Modi International: Saina, Sameer and Kashyap enter quarters
On Thursday, defending champion Sameer Verma and former champions Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap entered the quarterfinals of the Syed Modi International World Super Tour 300
Lucknow: On Thursday, defending champion Sameer Verma and former champions Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap entered the quarterfinals of the Syed Modi International World Super Tour 300.
Second-seeded Saina, who is a three-time winner of the Lucknow tourney, took over Amolika Singh Sisodiya 21-14, 21-9. Whereas Kashyap who stood a winner in 2012 and 2015 recovered from a game down to knock out Indonesia's Firman Abdul Kholik 9-21, 22-20, 21-8 in another match. Kashyap will face Thailand's Sitthikom Thammasin who is seeded eighth.
Third-seeded Sameer defeated China's Zhao Junpeng 22-20, 21-17 and will face China's Zhou Zeqi. Saina Nehwal the former Olympic bronze medallist, will next play against eighth-seeded compatriot Rituparna Das, who defeated fellow Indian Shruti Mundada 21-11, 21-15 in a one-sided clash.
Fourth-seeded B Sai Praneeth brushed aside Indonesia's Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-12 21-10 and will face China's Lu Guangzu who is sixth-seeded, ended the run of Saarlorlux champion Subhankar Dey with a 21-13 21-10 win.
Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka also notched up a 21-12, 21-15 win over compatriot Reshma Karthik 21-12, 21-15. She will square off against former Olympic champion Li Xuerui, seeded seventh in women's singles.
In the mixed doubles match, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also made a way in the last eight by defeating compatriots Shivam Sharma and Poorvisha S Ram 12-21, 21-14, 21-15.