Former Indian national badminton champion Arvind Bhat continued his good form by progressing to the men's singles quarter-finals of the USD 120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold on Thursday
Mulheim an der Ruhr (Germany): Arvind Bhat continued his impressive run to enter the men's singles quarterfinals of the USD 120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold after posting a straight-game victory over Daren Liew of Malaysia, here today.
However, it was curtains for Anand Pawar in another men's singles third round match as the World No. 34 Indian went down to Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei 14-21 11-21 in just half-an-hour. Former national champion Bhat, ranked 82nd, who yesterday stunned World No. 10 Yun Hu, had an easy outing today.
He got the better of Liew 21-14 21-12 in a contest that lasted 39 minutes. In the quarters, Bhat will take on the winner of the third round match between Kento Momota and Viktor Axelsen. In a women's singles second round match, India's Arundhati Pantawane lost to seventh seeded Eriko Hirose of Japan 18-21 16-21 in 42 minutes.
Later today, H S Prannoy, who yesterday caused an upset win over compatriot Parupalli Kashyap, will play his third round men's singles match, while P C Thulasi will be up against World No. 13 Japan's Sayaka Takahashi in a women's singles second round tie.