Swiss Open: Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj-Ashwini pair by way of to quarter-finals; Saina Nehwal ousted

Swiss Open: Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj-Ashwini pair by way of to quarter-finals; Saina Nehwal ousted

Srikanth, a former World No 1, will face both sixth seeded Thai Kantaphon Wangcharoen or Netherland’s Mark Caljouw within the last-eight stage.

Swiss Open: Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj-Ashwini pair through to quarter-finals; Saina Nehwal ousted

File picture of Kidambi Srikanth. AFP

Basel: Former males’s singles champion Kidambi Srikanth and the blended doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa progressed to the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open Tremendous 300 badminton event on Thursday.

Whereas fourth seed Srikanth, who had gained the title in 2015, notched up a 21-10, 14-21, 21-14 victory over World No 50 Thomas Rouxel of France, the World No 19 pair of Satwik and Ashwini defeated the Indonesian mixture of Rinov Rivaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari 21-18 21-16 in one other second-round match.

Srikanth, a former World No 1, will face both sixth seeded Thai Kantaphon Wangcharoen or Netherland’s Mark Caljouw within the last-eight stage.

Satwik and Ashwini, who reached the semi-finals at Toyota Thailand Open Tremendous 1000 in January, will meet the winner of the match between fifth-seeded Malaysians Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing and Germany’s Jones Ralfy Jansen and Kilasu Ostermeyer.

Earlier, two-time former champion Saina Nehwal bowed out of the event after a hard-fought first-round loss within the ladies’s singles opening spherical on Wednesday evening.

The London Olympic bronze-medallist battled for 58 minutes earlier than taking place 16-21, 21-17, 21-23 to Phittayaporn Chaiwan of Thailand.

The opposite Indian within the occasion, PV Sindhu, nevertheless, entered the spherical of 16 by beating Yigit Neslihan of Turkey 21-16, 21-19 in her first-round match.

The second-seeded Sindhu will face Iris Wang of USA in her Spherical of 16 match afterward Thursday.

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