Joshna advances to quarters as Deepika, Malhotra exit

Joshna advances to quarters as Deepika, Malhotra exit

Joshna Chinappa advanced to the quarterfinals of the women's singles even as compatriots Dipika Pallikal and Vikram Malhotra crashed out of the Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

Joshna took a little less than half hour to crush Australia's Tamika Saxby 3-0.

World No 14 Joshna dominated the proceedings from the beginning cruising past Saxby, who never looked in contention, for a 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 win.

She will now face the winner of the third-round match between Sivasangari Subramaniam and Joelle King.

Meanwhile, Deepika lost to higher-ranked Alison Waters of England 0-3. Deepika, seeded ninth, struggled against Water losing 11-3, 11-6, 11-2.

Earlier, Malhotra lost to Nick Mathew of England 1-3 ending India's men's singles campaign. The Englishman looked in control from the beginning, wrapping up the first game in nine minutes. The Indian fought back levelling scores a game later before he was outclassed in the next two games by the higher ranked player.

Results: Women's singles (third round): Joshna Chinappa bt Tamika Saxby (Australia) 11-3, 11-6, 11-2; Dipika Pallikal lt to Alison Waters (England) 11-3, 11-6, 11-2.

Men's singles (third round): Vikram Malhotra lt to Nick Mathew (England) 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 6-11.

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