Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the India Open badminton. It is quarterfinals day at the Super 500 event and there are some cracking contests to look forward to.
Two-time Olympic medallist shuttler PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy advanced to the quarterfinals but the promising Malvika Bansod ended her idol Sania Nehwal’s campaign at the India Open in New Delhi on Thursday.
Sindhu will face promising young leftie Ashmita Chaliha and that will be on the TV Court. Prannoy and Lakshya take on each other in a mouthwatering clash, that is on Court 2.
Former champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Saina suffered a 17-21 9-21 straight game loss to her 20-year-old compatriot Malvika.
Malvika, ranked 111th, took 34 minutes to see off the former world number 1.
The top seed Sindhu had no problem dispatching fellow India Ira Sharma 21-10 21-10. She will meet compatriot Ashmita Chaliha, who got the better of french shuttler Yaelle Hoyaux 21-17 21-14, in the quarterfinal on Thursday.
Malvika will next take on fellow Indian Aakarshi Kashyap in the quarterfinals. Aakarshi had defeated compatriot Keyura Mopatin 21-10 21-10 in another women’s singles second round match.
Sen also moved to the quarter-finals after defeating Felix Burestedt of Sweden 21-12, 21-15. He will take on compatriot HS Prannoy in the last eight. Prannoy received a walkover as his opponent Mithun Manjunath withdrew from the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.
Report by PTI.