The Indian women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand and men’s singles shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat, on Thursday, made their way into the quarter-finals of the 2023 Syed Modi India International Challenge Super 300.
Treesa and Gayatri advanced following a straight forward 21-9, 21-5 win over fellow Indians Dhanyaa Nandakumar and Ridhi Kaur Toor. Rajawat entered the final eight stage after his opponent Satish Kumar retired mid-way in their Round of 16 clash.
Rajawat was leading the contest 21-8, 11-6 when the Kumar decided not to continue further in the competition.
On the other hand, the young Unnati Hooda went down 9-21, 13-21 in straight games to the experienced Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the women’s singles section.
The likes of Ashmita Chaliha, Anupama Upadhyaya, Janani Ananthakumar, and Ruthvika Gadde also faced a similar fate against Aya Ohori, Shuo Yun Sung, Wong Ling Ching, and Lalinrat Chaiwan respectively.
Besides in men’s singles, Kiran George bowed out after a marathon battle against Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hao Lee. The Indian lost 16-21, 21-18, 20-22 after leading for a majority of the decider.
Earlier, Hao Lee had defeated Indian veteran Kidambi Srikanth in the opening round on Wednesday.
In the doubles section, Nitin Kumar/Navdha Manglam, Sumeeth Reddy/Sikki Reddy, Dhruv Rawat/Chirag Sen, Ayush Makhija/Venkat Gaurav Prasad all crashed out losing their respective Round of 16 matches.
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