Dipika and Harinder make the quarters of Victoria Open

Top seed Dipika Pallikal eased into the women’s singles quarterfinal while third seed Harinder Pal Sandhu made the last-eight grade in the men’s singles of the Victoria Open, a PSA tour event, here.

Dipika Pallikal defeated qualifier Teh Min Jie of Malaysia 11-6 11-6 11-2.   -  PTI

Top seed Dipika Pallikal eased into the women’s singles quarterfinal while third seed Harinder Pal Sandhu made the last-eight grade in the men’s singles of the Victoria Open, a PSA tour event in Melbourne.

Dipika scored a dominating 11-6 11-6 11-2 win over qualifier Teh Min Jie of Malaysia.

Returning to the PSA tour after a gap of two months, the new national champion needed just 24 minutes to complete her job. She set up a clash with eighth seed Megan Craig of New Zealand.

In the men’s section, Harinder and eighth seed Kush Kumar reached the quarterfinals while qualifier Sandeep Ramachandran fell in the second round of the main draw.

Harinder, the national runner-up, sailed past qualifier Connon Sheen of England 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 in the first round before meeting some resistance from Lance Beddoes of New Zealand in the next. The Indian won 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6 for a quarterfinal entry.

Harinder plays seventh seed Evan Williams of New Zealand and Kush takes on fourth seed Reiko Peter of Switzerland.