Top seeds through to quarter-finals at Badminton Asia Championships

PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal

PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal had it easy while Kidambi Srikanth overcame a first game setback to advance to the pre-quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championships in Wuhan on Wednesday.

Spain's Carolina Marín, who the event's venue is named after, is through to the quarter-finals of the women's singles competition after the top seed beat Switzerland's Sabrina Jaquet 21-14, 21-7.

It was, however, the end of the road for former world junior champion Goh Jin Wei, who lost 18-21, 21-15, 21-10 to Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the women's singles first round.

India's golden girl at Commonwealth Games 2018, Saina Nehwal defeated Singapore's Yeo Ja Min 21-12, 21-9.

Srikanth barely broke a sweat after his opponent Wong Wing Ki Vincent was forced to retire just nine points into their contest.

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Srikanth and Chong Wei will now face each other on Friday for a place in the semi-finals.

The results: Men: K. Srikanth bt Kenta Nishimoto (Jpn) 13-21, 21-16, 21-16; H.S. Prannoy bt Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) 21-15, 19-21, 21-19; B. Sai Praneeth bt Suppanyu Avihingsanon (Tha) 21-13, 11-21 21-19; Chou Tien Chen (Tpe) bt Sameer Verma 23-21, 21-17.

Prannoy, who had reached the quarter-finals at All England Championship, meanwhile, bounced back from a game down to eke out a hard 16-21, 21-14, 21-12 win over Chinese Taipei's Wang Tzu Wei.

The highly-anticipated match between the two materialised as both players managed to win their second round matches, with Chong Wei battling hard to tame Indonesian 12th seed Anthony Ginting, 21-16, 21-0, 21-11 over an hour.

The men's doubles pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok and women's combo of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram too joined the singles stars in the second round after pulling off thrilling wins in the opening round.

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