New Delhi, Mar 28 : India's B Sai Praneeth advanced to the quarterfinals of Yonex-Sunrise India Open Badminton Tournament on Thursday by defeating fifth seed compatriot Sameer Verma 18-21, 21-16, 21-15 in a tough fight.
20th ranked Praneeth, with his victory, has got 3-3 record against 15th ranked Sameer. After losing the first game, Praneeth won the next two games and finished the match in one hour and 11 minutes.
Parupalli Kashyap of India made it to the quarter-finals by defeating Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-11, 21-13 in 37 minutes. But in the first round, India's Shubhankar Dave who defeated fourth seed Tommy Sugiarto in the first round couldn't continue with his pace and lost the second round. Wang Tzu-wei of Taipei defeated Shubhankar 21-16 21-13 in 44 minutes.
Kashyap will face Zhu Wei in the quarterfinals.
In women's qualifier Riya Mukerjee had to face defeat in the 50th minute by Eighth seed Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt. Blichfeldt won the match 21-8, 17-21, 21-13.
In the women's doubles, Aparna Balan and Shruti kepi defeated Hong Kong's Nga Ting Yeung and Yiyung Anga Ting 21-19, 7-21, 21-17 in 50 minutes and in the men's doubles, Prannoy Jerry Chopra and Shivam Verma defeated Aniruddha Maeker and Vinay Kumar Singh in 30 minutes 21-15, 21-11 and secured a place in the last eight. (UNI)