Shuttlers Sourabh Verma and H.S. Prannoy defeated their opponents to advance in the New Zealand Open Badminton quarter finals on Thursday.
Verma, the seventh seed, defeated his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap in gruelling three games. Verma, who is in his prime form, edged past the 15th seed 21-18, 13-21, 21-16 in the third round match which lasted around one hour.
Prannoy, the fourth seed, defeated 10th seed Wei Nan of Hong Kong in straight sets 21-18 21-19. The Indian shuttler will now take on 11th seed Lin Yu Hsien of Chinese Taipei, while Verma will face Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong.
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Prannoy had lost to Wei at the Malaysia Open in 2014 but he avenged his loss today after dishing out a gritty performance.
The World No. 17 Indian was leading 9-5 in the opening game but Wei managed to claw back at 10-10 and then earned a slender edge at the break when Prannoy hit long.
Wei moved to 13-10 before Prannoy reeled off five straight points to turn the tables.
With inputs from agencies.