Key highlights: Saina, Sindhu, Praneeth in quarters; Srikanth crashes out of BWF World Championships

Saina Nehwal, P.V.Sindhu and Sai Praneeth moved into quarterfinals while Kidambi crashed out after losing his third round match at World Championships.

P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have moved into the quarters of world championships.   -  Sandeep Saxena

Key highlights:

6:28pm: The Indians are still in contention with Saina, Sindhu, Praneeth and the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj and Ponnappa making into the last-eight stage. Thanks you folks and do tune back for the live quarterfinal action tomorrow.

6:12pm: Match point for Sindhu and she seals it with a 21-10, 21-18 win to move into the quarterfinals.

6:05pm: Sindhu back in the lead again, but can't afford to relax against Sung Ji-hyun.

5:55pm: The Korean has turned the table as Sindhu trails 7-10 to Ji-hyun in the second game.

5:45pm: P.V. Sindhu wins the first game 21-10 in her third round match against Korea's Sung Ji-hyun. Looks like it would be walk in the park for Sindhu.

5:35pm: The last Indian in action today, P.V. Sindhu takes on Korea's Sung Ji-hyun in her third round match. Already a strong start as she takes a 14-6 lead in the first game.

5:29pm: Praneeth cruises into the quarterfinals after beating Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-13, 21-11.

5:09pm: Hans-Kristian is struggling big time at the moment with Praneeth completely dominating.

4:57pm: Praneeth takes the first game 21-13, aggressive approach from the world No. 26.

4:54pm: Praneeth keeps the pressure on, giving no chance to the Danish shuttler to make a comeback in the game, not possible with a 18-9 lead.

4:47pm: Sai Praneeth now in action and immediately takes the 11-6 lead in the first game over Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.

4:32pm: P.V. Sindhu and Sai Praneeth are the two Indian shuttlers remaining to play their respective third round matches in a short while from now. So, stay tuned to this space for the updates.

4:25pm: Kidambi Srikanth's campaign ends at World Championships. He loses his third round match to Malaysia's Liew Daren 18-21, 18-21.

4:20pm: The second game is being a see-saw one with none of the players not ready to give away an inch. Srikanth can't afford to concede this one.

4:12pm: After being level at 8-8, Srikanth jumps to 11-9 lead in the second game. Liew Daren not giving it away as he claws back to make it 14-14.

4:00pm: Srikanth loses the first game to Daren 18-21. But the 25-year-old makes a good start in the second, by quickly grabbing a 5-3 lead over the Malaysian shuttler.

3:55pm: Now let's move our focus to men's singles where Kidambi Srikanth is trailing 13-17 in the first game against Liew Daren of Malaysia.

3:52pm: Saina Nehwal thrashes Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-16, 21-19 in straight games to enter quarters of BWF World Championships. She plays Carolina Marin of Spain in her last-eight match. She also becomes the first woman to reach the tournament's quarterfinal for eight consecutive times.

 

3:43pm: That was some rally from both the players, Saina leading 17-13. Not far away from booking her spot in the quarters.

3:41pm: Saina now with a four-point lead in the second game over Intanon.

3:38pm: Saina goes into the game interval with a 11-8 lead over Intanon. Can she close the match from here?

3:32pm: Intanon's game looks a bit offcolour today, Saina already with a 6-4 lead.

3:26pm: Saina takes the first game 21-16. The real test starts now to keep her momentum going in the second.

3:16pm: At the break of first game, Saina leads 11-8. She needs to keep the pressure on the Thai shuttler. Moreover, Saina has looked the better player so far, but Intanon still has a chance to bounce back.

3:12pm: Saina brilliantly does well to draw level at 8-8 with two successive points.

3:09pm: Intanon now with a 8-6 lead over Saina in the first game, errors from both the players.

3:02pm: Saina and Intanon have now on the court, tough one for the Indian shuttler in a crucial third round match. All set for the start...

2:50pm: World No. 3 Shi Yuqi has it easy as he thrashes Lin Dan in straight games 21-15, 21-9 to move into the quarterfinals.

2:04pm: The men's singles third round match between two Chinese compatriots - Shi Yuqi and Lin Dan gets underway. Meanwhile, Kento Momota beats Anders Antonsen 13-21, 21-17, 21-8 to enter quarters.

1:11pm: Top seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is through to the quarterfinals after beating Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka Long 21-19, 21-18. In women's singles, Carolina Marin also entered the last-eight stage after beating Sayaka Sato of Japan 21-7, 21-13 in straight games.

12:30pm: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa through to the mixed doubles quarters after beating Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai of Malaysia 20-22, 21-14, 21-6. [Report]

In a high-octane women's singles match, Saina Nehwal takes on fourth-seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. While P.V. Sindhu meets Korea's Sung Ji-hyun.

The round three in men's singles will see two Indians in action on Thursday. Sai Praneeth will face world No. 26 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark. In another match, world No. 6 Kidambi Srikanth meets Malaysia's Liew Daren.

Praneeth advanced to the third round after beating Spain’s Luis Enrique Penalver 21-18, 21-11. Srikanth beat Pablo Abian 21-15, 12-21, 21-14 in the second round game that lasted 62 minutes.

On the other hand, Saina had an easy outing in her second round, as the Indian ace beat Aliye Demirbag 21-17, 21-8 in straight games. Sindhu too didn't had to break sweat as she cruised into round three after beating Indonesia's Fitriani 21-14, 21-9.