Korea Super Series: PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma progress to quarters, Parupalli Kashyap loses
Shuttlers PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma have entered the quarter-finals of the Korea Super Series with straight-game wins but Parupalli Kashyap bowed out of the the USD 600,000 event after losing narrowly in the second round on Thursday. Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu, who recently won a silver in the World Badminton Championships, defeated Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol 22-20, 21-17 to set up a quarter-final clash with Japan's Minatsu Mitani. Mitani was a bronze medallist at the 2014 World Championships and had also defeated Saina Nehwal in the finals to clinch the 2012 French Open.
Hong Kong Super Series finalist and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold winner, Sameer defeated Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-19, 21-13 in 41 minutes and he will need to raise his game by a few notches when he faces local hot favourite Son Wan Ho.
Son Wan had to dig deep to end Kashyap's run in men's singles. He battled for an hour and 16 minutes before getting the better off the Indian 21-16, 17-21, 21-16 to reach the last-eight stage.
World No 4 Sindhu had come into the match with a 1-1 record against Jindapol, who had beaten the Indian at Syed Modi International last year.
Sindhu had to battle hard in the opening game with World No. 16 Jindapol managing to grab a 9-7 and 13-10 lead but the Indian broke off at 14-16 with six straight points. The Thai shuttler drew parity before Sindhu closed the issue.
(With PTI inputs)