Prime Time Zone, Sports: The Indian shuttlers are on the verge of victory at the Swiss Open Super 300. Fourth seed Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the quarterfinals with a 21-10, 14-21, 21-14 victory over Thomas Roxel of France in the second round match on Thursday. After winning the first set 21-10 games .. Srikanth lost the second set. But he quickly recovered and picked up the third set and won the match. In a match that lasted for 52 minutes, Srikanth performed better than before. 5th seed Sai Praneeth also reached the quarter finals. In the second round, he defeated Pablo Abian of Spain 21-12, 21-17 in 37 minutes to reach the quarterfinals. Young shuttler Ajay Jayaram advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating 3rd seed Rasmus Gemki of Denmark. Ajay won the match 21-18, 17-21, 21-13 in over an hour. However, Saurabh Verma lost in the round to 17-21, 14-21 to 8th seed Thailand’s Kunlawuth.
In the women’s singles, 2nd seed PV Sindhu defeated Iris Wang of the United States 21-13, 21-14 in just 35 minutes to reach the quarterfinals. In the men’s doubles, Satvik Sairaj and Chirag Shetty defeated Indonesia’s Pramudya-Rambiton 21-17, 20-22, 21-17 to reach the quarterfinals. In the mixed doubles, Satvik Sairaj-Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Indonesia’s Rivaldi-Mentari 21-18, 21-16 to reach the quarterfinals.
The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy lost 11-21, 15-21 to Denmark’s Megland-Raven. Star shuttler Saina Nehwal lost 16-21, 21-17, 21-23 to Thailand’s Chiwan in the first round. Saina has two match points in her hands. The loss to Chaiwan, who is 10 years younger than her, took everyone by surprise. Saina’s husband Parupalli Kashyap also lost in the first round. Both defeats will have an impact on Olympic qualification.