Orleans Masters: Top seed Sai Praneeth knocked out, Mithun and Anupama in quarterfinals

B Sai Praneeth suffered a shocking straight-game defeat to France's Christo Popov and bowed out of the men's singles competition on Thursday.

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FILE PHOTO: B Sai Praneeth, Anupama Upadhyaya and Ira Sharma also entered the third round on Wednesday.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Top seeded Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth suffered a shocking straight-game defeat to France's Christo Popov and bowed out of the men's singles competition at the Orleans Masters 2022 Super 100 badminton tournament on Thursday.

Praneeth lost his round of 16 match 12-21, 11-21 in 35 minutes.

He had advanced to the round of 16 after beating Czech Republic's Jan Louda on Wednesday.

However, Mithun Manjunath stunned the second seed from Denmak Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus 16-21, 21-10, 21-11 to reach the men's singles quarterfinals.

Anupama Upadhaya also reached the last-eight stage of the women's singles competition, beating Léonice Huet of France 21-17, 21-16 in 38 minutes.

Ira Sharma lost her women's singles match 11-21, 17-21 to Australia's Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen, but the seventh seeded Indian duo of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto carved out a win over the Netherlands' Ties Van Der Lecq and Debora Jille 21-18 22-20.

Earlier, Indian troika of Kiran George, Meiraba Luwang Maisnam and Mithun Manjunath progressed to the men's singles pre-quarterfinals after contrasting wins in the second round.

While George stunned Netherland's third seed Mark Caljouw 19-21, 21-16, 23-21, qualifier Meiraba got rid of eighth seed Toby Penty of England 21-16 21-16 and Manjunath prevailed over compatriot Siddharth Pratap Singh 21-14 21-10 in another second round match.

George, who had won the Odisha Super 100 event in January, will face Indonesian qualifier Christian Adinata, Meiraba meets Hong Kong's Chan Yin Chak and Manjunath takes on second seeded Dane Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus next.

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Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam eked out a 21-23 21-12 21-10 win over Danish pairing of Amalie Schulz and Christine Busch to set up a fight against French duo of Flavie Vallet and Emilie Vercelot.

Men's doubles pair of PS Ravikrishna and Sankar Prasad Udayakumar also made it to the pre-quarterfinals with a 19-21, 21-11, 21-12 win over German pairing of Marvin Datko and Patrick Scheiel.

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