Good day for Indians

India had a good day in office at the Sri Lanka Open with young shuttlers H S Prannoy and P C Thulasi  reaching the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively in the men’s and women’s singles event of the International Badminton Challenge in Colombo on Friday, reports PTI from New Delhi. 

Top seed Prannoy ended the run of local shuttler Niluka Karunaratne, seeded ninth, with a 21-16, 19-21, 21-9 in men’s singles round three. The 21-year-old will next take on compatriot Anup Sridhar, who defeated fifth seed Lucas Corvee of France 21-23, 21-17, 21-13 in another match.

Second seed Anand Pawar entered the quarters beating Thai qualifier Mek Narongrit 21-14, 21-9, while Aditya Prakash also reached the last eight with an easy 21-15 21-9 win over 10th seed Thomas Rouxel of France. 

In women’s singles, Thulasi, who last played in the Uber Cup at the Siri Fort Complex, beat Thailand’s Alisa Sapniti 21-13, 21-13 to reach the semifinals. She will next take on  sixth seeded Thai Supanida Katethong in the semis of the USD 15,000 event.

Fourth seeds Pradnya Gadre and Siki Reddy N reached the semifinals of the women’s doubles competition with a 21-18, 21-17 win over Thailand’s Karnjanavadee Bunsomboon and Rawimon Iamratanamaetheekul. 

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