Sanave and Rupesh on course

The second-seeded Indians, V. Diju and J.B.S. Vidhyadhar, also made the last-eight stage in the Manorama BWF World Senior badminton championships.

Sanave Thomas (in pic) and Rupesh Kumar, the top seeds, brushed aside Switzerland’s Philippe Gabella and Raphael Lienhard in the Manorama BWF World Senior badminton championships at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi.   -  Thulasi Kakkat

Former internationals Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar, the top seeds, brushed aside Switzerland’s Philippe Gabella and Raphael Lienhard and marched into the above-35 men’s doubles quarterfinals of the Manorama BWF World Senior badminton championships at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.

The second-seeded Indians, V. Diju and J.B.S. Vidhyadhar, also made the last-eight stage with an easy 21-11, 21-11 victory over English-Japanese pair of Rudy Sototo and Ryo Tazo.

Meanwhile in the above-55 men’s singles, Harjit Singh made a stunning comeback to defeat Germany’s Fred Fiebeg 14-21, 21-12, 21-9 and booked his quarterfinal berth.