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Saina in quarter-finals of Thailand Open

Last updated on: June 07, 2012 18:19 IST

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal registered a straight games victory over China's Li Han to advance to the quarter-finals of Thailand Grand Prix Gold in Bangkok on Thursday.

The world No 5 Indian rode on her smashes to beat Lan 21-17, 21-13 in 42 minutes at the CU Sports Complex.

The 22-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on the winner of the match between Japan's Kaori Imabeppu and eighth seed Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand.

Top seed Saina took time to get off the mark and was forced to do the catch-up act most of the time in the first game.

The Indian levelled the score at 12-12 and waged a grim battle till 17-17, before reeling off four straight points to pocket the first game and lead the match 1-0.

In the second game too, Lan put up a fight in the initial moments but Saina was too good for her as she widened the gap from 7-7 to eventually seal the issue comfortably.

The other Indian in the women's singles competition, P V Sindhu, however, lost to former World champion Wang Lin 12-21, 23-25 in 36 minutes.

In the men's singles, the Verma brothers -- Sourabh and Sameer -- also reached the quarter-finals after contrasting victories.

Sourabh, seeded 12th, bounced back from a game down to see off seventh seed Indonesian Alamsyah Yunus 18-21, 21-13, 22-20, while Sameer Verma prevailed over Malaysian Teck Zhi Soo 21-18, 21-18.

Sai Praneeth B also played his heart out to edge past Choong Hann Wong of Malaysia 13-21, 21-18, 22-20 in 55 minutes.

In the men's doubles competition, Sanjeeth S and Jagadish Yadav lost 12-21, 6-21 to Calvin Jia Hong Ong and Wee Gleen Tan of Malaysia.

Another Indian pair of Tarun Kona and Arun Vishnu also bowed out, losing 22-24, 13-21 to sixth seeds Ricky Karanda Suwardi and Muhammad Ulinnuha of Indonesia.

India's women's doubles pair of Pradnya Gadre and Prajakta Sawant also crashed out after a 19-21, 12-21 defeat to the Malaysian combo of Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Fie Cho Soong in 27 minutes.

Up against top seeds Xia Huan and Jinhua Tang of China, the Indian pair of Aparna Balan and Siki Reddy N lost 10-21, 13-21 in 24 minutes.

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