New Delhi: PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma qualified for the quarterfinals of Korea Super Series on Wednesday with respective wins in straight games. However, Parupalli Kashyap crashed out of the tournament following a narrow defeat against Son Wan Ho in the second round, reported PTI.
The South Korean shuttler emerged victorious 21-16, 17-21, 21-16 over Kashyap in a closely fought contest that lasted an hour and 16 minutes.
On the other hand, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu defeated Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol 22-20, 21-17 to make it to the last-eight stage. Sindhu will now face Japan’s Minatsu Mitani in the quarterfinal.
In another contest, Hong Kong Super Series finalist and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold winner Sameer defeated Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-19, 21-13 in 41 minutes to set up a last-eight clash with local hot favourite Son Wan Ho.
World No. 4 Sindhu, who clinched a maiden silver at the World Championship in Glasgow recently, 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.
The second game was also a close contest with both the shuttlers locked in a duel initially until 8-8. Sindhu moved ahead and grabbed a 12-9 lead. Even though Jindapol managed to claw back at 15-15, Sindhu ensured that she had the last laugh.