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Sai, Kashyap in Indonesia Open quarters

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 Jun 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Jakarta, June 4: India's Olympic bronze medallist Sai Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap entered the quarter-fils but Kidambi Srikanth and women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponppa lost in the pre-quarterfils of the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier here on Thursday.

Second seed Sai, who earlier in the day dropped to No.3 in the women's singles category of the world rankings, breezed past Chinese Taipei's Hsu Ya Ching 21-13, 21-15 in just 36 minutes in a round of 16 clash at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Living up to her billing, Sai controlled the game from the beginning and her unseeded rival was never allowed to get a foothold in the match. Sai, winner here in 2009, 2010 and 2012, will now face Chi's former world No.1 Shixian Wang, who defeated South Korea's world No.12 Bae Yeon Ju 21-15, 21-13. India's 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning shuttler Kashyap, who ousted Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the first round, registered a resounding 21-11, 21-14 win over world No.8 Son Wan Ho of South Korea.

With this win, world No.12 Indian improved his head-to-head record to 2-3 against Son. In the next round, the 28-year-old Indian faces a big task against Chi's reigning world champion Chen Long, who registered a facile 21-16, 21-10 victory over England's Rajiv Ouseph. Kashyap trails 1-7 against world No.1 Chen in career meetings. However, the World No.4 Srikanth suffered a shocking 21-14, 20-22, 13-21 loss against world No.166 Ginting Anthony. In the next round, the Indonesian will face Japan's world No.9 Kento Momota, who beat Hong Kong's Hu Yun 21-13, 21-16. In the women's doubles competition, the Indian pair of Jwala-Ashwini was thrashed 8-21, 8-21 by Chi's Yu Yang and Zhong Qianxin. India's men's doubles pair of Praav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar also ended their campaign, losing 13-21, 11-21 to Chi's Chai Biao and Hong Wei. IANS

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