Glasgow, Aug 1: Indian shuttlers had a fantastic outing at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday as most of them won their respective Round of 16 matches to proceed to the quarter-finals at the Emirates Arena. To start with, men’s singles second seed Parupalli Kashyap needed only 24 minutes to move past Australia’s Jeff Tho 21-7, 21-8 while fifth seed R.M.V. Gurusaidutt beat Andrew D’Souza 21-13, 21-9 in 27 minutes.
However, fourth seeded Kidambi Srikanth had to struggle for 57 minutes before edging past Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne 20-22, 21-16, 21-12. Later, sixth seed P.C. Thulasi defeated Canadian Rachel Honderich 21-12, 21-7 in 31 minutes to move into the women’s singles last eight while women’s doubles defending champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa overcame Australian combine He Tang and Renuga Veeran 18-21, 21-10, 21-6.
But it was the end of the road for Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra in men’s doubles who lost to Malaysian duo Wee Kiong Tan and Wei Shem Goh 13-21, 14-21 in 28 minutes.