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Easy win for Prannoy, Sameer causes upset at Australian Open

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June 13, 2024 16:45 IST
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 Sameer Verma stunned 8th seed Loh Kean Yew to make the Australian Open quarters on Thursday

IMAGE: Sameer Verma stunned 8th seed Loh Kean Yew to make the Australian Open quarters, on Thursday. Photograph: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images from the Rediff Archives 

Indian shuttlers HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma progressed to the men's singles quarter-finals of the Australian Open with contrasting victories, in Sydney, on Thursday.

While fifth seed Prannoy, a former world No.1, took just 46 minutes to get the better of Misha Zilberman of Israel 21-17, 21-15 in the round of 16, Verma had to toil hard for one hour two minutes to upset eighth seed Loh Kean Yew of Singapore 21-14, 14-21, 21-19.

Prannoy will be up against second seed Kodai Naroaka of Japan in the next round, while Verma will take on Chinese Taipei's Chun-Yi Lin on Friday.


However, it was curtains for Kiran George in the men's singles event as he lost 20-22, 6-21 against seventh seed Kenta Nishimoto of Japan.

Among the Indian women shuttlers, eight seed Aakarshi Kashyap beat Australia's Kai Qi Bernice Teoh 21-16, 21-13 to progress to the quarterfinals, where she will be playing third seed Yu Po Pai of Chinese Taipei.

But the tournament ended for Anupama Upadhyaya and Malvika Bansod in the women's singles second round.

While Anupama lost 11-21, 18-21 against sixth seed Putri Kusuma Wardani of Indonesia, Malvika was shown the door by another Indonesian, eight seed Ester Nurumi Tri Wardoyo 17-21, 21-23.

It was also the end of the road for Panda sisters, Rutaparna and Swetaparna, in the women's doubles. The seventh seeded India pair were shocked 5-21, 9-21 by Malaysian combination of Pei Jing Lai and Chiew Sien Lim.

The mixed doubles pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and N Sikki Reddy, however, continued to march ahead as the eighth seeded Indian duo defeated Australia's Kai Chen Teoh and Kai Qi Bernice Teoh 21-11, 21-11 to enter the last-eight.

But a tough contest awaits the mixed doubles duo in the quarter-finals. They will be up against top seeds Zhen Bang Jiang and Ya Xin Wei of China.


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