Indonesian Open: Saina, Kashyap in quarters; Srikanth, Jwala-Ashwini out
India's 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning shuttler Parupalli Kashyap entered the quarter-finals but Kidambi Srikanth and women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost
Jakarta: Saina Nehwal breezed past Chinese Taipei's Hsu Ya Ching while Parupalli Kashyap stunned world No.8 Son Wan Ho in straight games to make it to the quarterfinals of the Indonesian Open Super Series badminton tournament here today.
Saina, who slipped to world number 3 today, thrashed Ching 21-13 21-15 in a 36-minute contest to set up a clash with old foe Shixian Wang in the women's singles quarters.
Ching had earlier defeated two-time World Championships bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu in the opening round on Wednesday.
Parupalli Kashyap. Pic/ PTI
Saina, seeded second, put up a thoroughly clinical performance against her unseeded rival, clinching the first game in a mere 14 minutes.
Ching fought a tad harder in the second game but Saina dominated the proceedings just enough to pocket the match in just over half an hour.
India's 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning shuttler P Kashyap, who ousted Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the first round, registered a resounding 21-11, 21-14 win over Son Wan Ho of South Korea at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. With this win, World No.12 Indian improved his head-to-head record to 2-3 against Son.
Kashyap will now face top seed Chen Long in the men's singles quarterfinal.
World no. 12, Kashyap came up with a clinical display against Wan Ho, winning a total of 42 points as compared to just 25 won by the Korean.
The opening game turned out to be a cake walk for Kashyap. Having opened up a 4-0 lead, the shuttler from Hyderabad simply dominated the proceedings. Kashyap continued to surge ahead and the closest the Korean could reach was 4-7 at one stage in the first game. In the second game, Wan Ho bounced back with a 2-0 lead to begin with but Kashyap soon caught up with him at 3-3 and the battle continued till 6-6 before the Indian reeled off six points on the trot to make it 12-6.
There was no looking back for Kashyap thereafter and he eventually sealed the game and the match pretty comfortably.
However, Kidambi Srikanth and women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in the pre-quarterfinals of the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier here on Thursday.
The World No.3 Indian suffered a shocking 21-14, 20-22, 13-21 loss against Indonesia's World No.166 Ginting Anthony.
In the women's doubles competition, the Indian pair of Jwala-Ashwini was thrashed 8-21, 8-21 by China's Yu Yang and Zhong Qianxin. India's men's doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar also ended their campaign losing 13-21, 11-21 to China's Chai Biao and Hong Wei.
Denmark's third seed Jan O Jorgensen overcame Indonesian Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka to enter the round-of-eight in the men's singles category.