Saina Nehwal enters quarterfinals of All England Championships


Saina Nehwal progressed to the quarterfinals of the All England Championships. (File Photo)

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal progressed to the quarterfinals of the All England Championships with a come-from-behind win over Denmark’s Line Højmark Kjaersfeldt within the girls’s singles competitors right here Thursday.

A 2015 finalist, Saina was blown away by world no 19 Line within the opening recreation however the skilled campaigner saved her cool to take the match to the decider and ultimately come up trumps towards her Danish rival.

The eighth-seeded Indian rallied her solution to an 8-21 21-16 21-13 win over the 24-year-old Line in a 51-minute match and is anticipated to tackle her nemesis and two-time champion Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, an opponent who defeated her in final 12 outings.

Earlier, Saina had defeated Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour 21-17 21-18 in 35 minutes in her opening match on Wednesday night time.

In males’s singles, former Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth’s struggle lasted simply 35 minutes as he went down 12-21 17-21 to 24-year-old Ng Ka Long Angus, who had denied Sameer Verma a title win on the 2016 Hong Kong Super Series. It was his third loss to the World no 15 from Hong Kong.

On Wednesday, Srikanth had disposed off France’s Brice Leverdez 21-13 21-11 within the opening spherical to arrange a conflict towards Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie.

Sameer Verma, nonetheless, squandered a primary recreation benefit to go down preventing 21-16 18-21 14-21 to former world champion and world no 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark to bow out of the event.

The girls’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy fought a gruelling battle earlier than shedding 21-16 26-28 16-21 to seventh-seeded Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto.

Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra, who’s getting back from an harm, misplaced 21-23 17-21 to Hong King’s Chang Tak Ching and NG Wing Yung within the combined doubles.

The males’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy additionally misplaced 19-21 21-16 14-21 to the Chinese mixture of Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu.

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