Saina, Chetan advance easily

Saina, Chetan advance easily


World number eight Saina survived a scare to pip fifth seed Fransiska Ratnasari of Indonesia 11-21, 21-4, 21-19 in a 54-minute battle and set up a semifinal clash with sixth seed Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland, while Chetan beat sixth seeded compatriot Anup Sridhar 21-18, 21-10 in just 29 minutes.

In a see-saw battle, Gurusaidutt held his nerve in crucial moments to beat Andre 21-18, 21-16 in 42 minutes to reach the semifinals, where he will meet Chetan.
Fourth seed Aditi Mutatkar also made merry notching up a 21-12, 21-14 win over compatriot seventh seed Trupti Murgunde in 24 minutes in the women’s singles.
However, it was the end of road for Parupalli Kashyap, Sai Praneet B, PV Sindhu and Sikki Reddy.

While fourth seed Kashyap went down fighting to fifth seed Indonesian Dyonisius Hayom Rumbaka 24-22, 19-21, 21-12 in a 57-minute battle, Sai put up a spirited fight before losing to Malaysian Kwong Beng Chan 13-21, 20-22 in men’s singles.
Promising shuttler Sindhu took a game from her fancied rival second seed Maria Febe Kusumastuti of Indonesia before going down 21-15, 4-21, 11-21, while Sikki lost 20-22 18-21 to sixth seed Swiss Jeanine Cicognini.

Gurusaidutt started the proceeding for India and opened up a 2-0 lead in the first game but Andre came back strongly to go 7-4 up.
The Indian then pocketed three straight points to draw parity at 8-all and then moved neck and neck till 17-17 before breaking loose to seal the first game. Gurusaidutt then picked up momentun to clinch the decider wuth ease.
Among others in fray, second seed Tarun Kona and Arun Vishnu spanked compatriots Arun Nandaluri and Srujan Nandaluri 21-9, 21-9, while top seed Akshay Dewalkar and Jishnu Sanyal pipped fellow Indians Sanave Thomas and Diju Valiyaveetil 21-14, 14-21, 21-17 in the men’s doubles.

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