Saina in quarters, Jwala-Ashwini, Manu-Sumeeth out of Indonesia Open
Saina Nehwal of India plays a shot during the 2016 Indonesia Open match against Fitriani of Indonesia on June 2, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photograph: (Getty)
Star shuttler Saina Nehwal`s straight-game win in the pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open Superseries was the lone bright spot as Rio-bound doubles pairs, Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponappa and Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy, crashed out today.
World No.8 Saina registered a comprehensive 21-11, 21-10 win over local favourite Fitriani Fitriani to advance to the quarter-finals of the women`s singles at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium here.
Saina, who had beaten Fitriani at the Badminton Asia Championships in April this year, moved to a 9-7 lead, and then raced to 14-7 with six consecutive points to pocket the first game.
In the second game, the Hyderabadi zoomed 10-3 ahead and went on to thrash the Indonesian without losing much sweat.
Saina, the three-time champion, is likely to take on top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in the last eight.
However, India`s doubles shuttlers failed to make an impact as both the women`s and men`s pairs of Jwala- Ashwini and Manu-Sumeeth suffered contrasting defeats.
The World No.14 duo of Jwala-Ashwini lost 9-21, 18-21 to Chinese combo of Huang Yaqiong and Tang Jinhua in the women`s doubles, while No.20 Manu-Sumeeth went down 18-21, 13-21 to sixth seeded South Koreans Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol.