Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Thursday reached the quarterfinals of the Asia Badminton Championship after brushing aside Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol in straight games in Wuhan. The fifth seeded Indian prevailed 21-14 21-18 over Jindapol to take her head-to-head record to 7-0 against the Thai player.The World No 8 will take on third seeded Chinese Shixian Wang next. Saina has a 6-7 head-to-head record against Shixian, having lost to her in the last two encounters.
Other Indian in fray, PV Sindhu, however, suffered a narrow 21-13 20-22 8-21 loss against the deceptive Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in a match that lasted for an hour. She was leading for most part before Tai caught up at 15-15 and even though the Indian made it 20-19, she could not close the issue.
Earlier, Sindhu brushed aside Indonesian Maria Febe Kusumastuti 21-10 21-13 in a half an hour contest in the opening round.
While Korean pair of Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee defeated India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa 21-15 21-11 in women’s doubles, men’s doubles combo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy suffered a 15-21 13-21 loss to fifth seeded Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa.
Another men’s doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar also faced defeat, losing 19-21 17-21 to Or Chin Chung and Tang Chun Man of Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth failed to cross the first round hurdle in the men’s singles event after being stunned by unseeded Korean shuttler Lee Dong Keun.