Saina, Srikanth enter Australian Open quarters

Saina outclassed Malaysia’s Jin Wei Goh 21-12 21-14 in a 37-minute clash to set up a quarterfinal battle with 2013 world champion and second seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. In men’s singles, Srikanth defeated Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-19 21-12 in 34 minutes.

After trailing in 1-4 in the first game, Saina Nehwal recuperated quickly and made short work of her opponent.   -  PTI

Rio-bound Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and K. Srikanth registered straight-game wins to reach the quarterfinals of the women’s and men’s singles events respectively at the Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament here today.

Saina outclassed Malaysia’s Jin Wei Goh 21-12 21-14 in a 37-minute clash to set up a quarterfinal battle with 2013 world champion and second seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.

I n men’s singles, Srikanth defeated Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-19 21-12 in 34 minutes. The world number 13 will next face Korean qualifier Kwang Hee Heo tomorrow.

However, youngsters Tanvi Lad and Sameer Verma suffered contrasting defeats in the pre-quarters today.

Runners-up at National Championships, Tanvi Lad went down 18-21 6-21 to fourth seed Chinese Wang Yihan, while national champion Sameer played his heart out before going down 21-11 7-21 19-21 to Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia.

Saina was lagging initially when Jin took a 4-1 lead and held on to it till 9-7. The Indian then reeled off six points to reach 13-9 and then just zoomed ahead to pocket the first game.

In the second game, Saina led 5-2 early on but Jin tried to grab the lead and put up a tough fight before the Indian broke off 9-9 to gradually march ahead. In the end, she eased to victory.

Saina has a 6-5 head-to-head record against Ratchanok but the Indian has lost to the Thai girl twice in straight games in the last two meetings.

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