Saina Nehwal breezes into Thailand GP Gold quarters

Jun 07, 2013, 00:51 IST | IANS

World No 2 Saina Nehwal marched into the quarter-finals of the Thailand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here yesterday with a convincing victory over Singapore's Juan Gu.

The Indian, who is the top seed in the tournament, took just 31 minutes to dispose off her second round opponent 21-13, 21-11. Saina put on a dominant display of her net game, winning 10 points to the Singaporean’s six.

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal

Pantawane falters
Nagpur’s Arundhati Pantawane failed to get past the second round as she was soundly beaten 16-21, 13-21 by local shuttler and fifth seed Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

Meanwhile, in the men’s singles, Prannoy HS moved into the quarter-finals after ousting compatriot and 10th seed Anand Pawar 19-21, 21-13, 21-15.

Srikanth through
Srikanth K, the 13th seed, beat Hwang Jong Soo of South Korea 21-19, 21-15 to book his place in the quarters. Sai Praneeth B, though, failed to emulate his countrymen, going down 18-21, 21-16, 19-21 to Indonesia’s Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo. Prannoy will next take on Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo while Srikanth will face off against South Korea’s Wan Ho Son.

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