Saina Nehwal & HS Prannoy Kumar advances to the quarter finals after registering straight game victories in Swiss Open. Two time World Championship bronze medalist Sindhu’s campaign came to an end after after the world number 12 lost 13-21 15-21 to He Bingjiao of China in women’s singles quarterfinals. The world number 25th Chinese took 32 minutes to saw off the Indian. Two-time champion, Saina took another step towards the Swiss Open crown after ekeing out a 13-21, 21-15, 21-14 win over Japan’s Sayaka Sato, seeded seventh, in a 52-minute contest to take her overall head-to-head record to 5-1. Saina Nehwal has already bagged the Swiss Open title in 2011 and 2012 and will next face third seed and her fierce rival Wang Yihan for the final berth.
Prannoy, seeded 13th, also prevailed over 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph of England, seeded sixth, 21-13 21-18 to set up a clash with 16th seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in men’s singles. Sixth seed PV Sindhu, who also reached the quarterfinals, will meet China’s He Bingjiao next. Earlier on Thursday, Saina dropped three places to sixth in the latest BWF world rankings following a quarter-final loss at the All England Championship. She battled through injuries last year and had to miss out on a few tournaments this season, including the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold and South Asian Games.
Interestingly, Prannoy had lost to Tzu Wei in 2014 Austrian International Challenge.
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) March 19, 2016