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China Open: Ghosal downs World No 8 to reach quarters

September 02, 2016 14:12 IST

Saurav Ghosal

IMAGE: Saurav Ghosal in action. Photograph: Twitter.

India's Saurav Ghosal upset world number 8 Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia to advance to the quarter-finals of the PSA China Open in Shanghai.

Ghosal fought back to beat his Colombian rival 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 in the opening round of the $ 100,000 men's event on Thursday.

The world number 21 from India had also defeated Rodriguez in Bogota last year. The unseeded Ghosal plays sixth seed Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypt.

In the $ 70,000 women's event, Joshna Chinappa entered the quarter-finals with a 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 win over Egyptian qualifier, while teammate Dipika Pallikal lost to third seed, another Egyptian Nouran Gohar, in straight games.

Chinappa, who is back in the top-10 in the latest world rankings, faces top seed Laura Massaro of England in the last eight match.

Chinappa is the second Indian to break the top-10 barrier after Pallikal, who is currently ranked 19th.

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