Four Indians make it to pre-quarters


B Sumeeth Reddy and HS Prannoy made it to the last 16 of boys singles while Rane Saili and N Sikki Reddy advanced to girls singles pre-quarters.

Sumeeth took out 11th seed Huynh Vinh of Vietnam 21-15, 21-15 and then got the better of Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong 21-19, 21-16 in the third round. He will meet seventh seed Thai Pisit Poodchalat in the pre-quarters.

Prannoy defeated Ouankhamchanh Phongthanom of Laos 21-10, 21-13 in the second round. He then saw off a stiff challenge from Korean Lee Sang Min 21-15, 22-20. He will face third seed Malaysian Zulkifli Zulfadli next.

Naqvi Eshan, however, lost to second seed Le Ha Anh 5-21, 19-21 in the second round.
In the girls’ section, Saili beat Nguyen Thi Mai Anh of Vietnam 21-14, 21-13 to move to the third round.

Sikki Reddy overcame Korean Shin Seung Chan 12-21, 21-13, 21-18 in the second round.
PC Thulasi went down to Japanese Mitani Minatsu 7-21, 8-21 in the second round.

In the men’s doubles, Prannoy and Sumeeth defeated Vietnam’s Nguyen Khac Tuan and Bui Quang Tuan 21-11, 16-21, 21-12 to move into the second round. In mixed doubles, Pranav Chopra and Sawant Prajakta prevailed over Korean Choi Seung Il and Yang Soo Youn 19-21, 21-17, 22-20 to reach the pre-quarterfinals.

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