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    Default Sai, Thulasi & Arundhati cross first qualifier in Singapore

    Rising shuttlers Sai Praneeth, P C Thulasi and Arundhati Pantawane reached the second stage of the qualifying round of the Singapore Super Series at Singapore Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

    Praneeth packed off former All England Champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia 21-13 21-15 in the opening round of men`s singles qualifier in 26 minutes.

    The 20-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on the winner between Indonesia`s Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo and Japan`s Riichi Takeshita.

    H S Prannoy and Arvind Bhat, however, could not cross the first hurdle after suffering defeats in their respective men`s singles qualifiers. While Prannoy lost 21-19 19-21 12-21 to Yong Zhao Ashton Chen of Singapore, Arvind went down 21-19 9-21 15-21 to Hong Kong`s Nan Wei.

    In women`s singles qualifiers, Arundhati Pantawane thrashed Russian Anna Astrakhantseva 21-5 21-10 in just 17 minutes, while Thulasi went past Vietnam`s Thi Trang (B) Vu 21-18 21-17 in 39 minutes.

    Arundhati will next face local player Xiaoyu Liang and Thulasi will take on the winner of Chochuwong Pornpawee and Stefani Stoeva of Bulgaria.

    New Indian pair of Jwala Gutta and Prajakta Sawant lost to Singaporean combo of Wei Han Tan and Dellis Yuliana 22-20 21-12 in a 27-minute contest.

    Prajakta, who plays with Mohd Razif Abdul Latif of Malaysia in the mixed doubles category, lost 16-21 20-22 to Singaporean combo of Zhao Jiang Terry Yeo and Lei Yao.

    Prajakta Sawant also failed to make the main round of the competition after losing to Singaporean combo of Wei Han Tan and Dellis Yuliana 22-20 21-12 in a 27-minute contest.

    Prajakta, who plays with Mohd Razif Abdul Latif of Malaysia in the mixed doubles category, lost 16-21 20-22 to Singaporean combo of Zhao Jiang Terry Yeo and Lei Yao to crash out of the tournament.

    In the first round of men's doubles qualifiers, the Indian pair of Manish Gupta and Gaurav Venkat went down fighting to Malaysia's Zheng Yi Kok and Keat Zhen Kong 13-21 21-17 11-21.
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    Default Saina, Praneeth in second round of Singapore Super Series

    Saina Nehwal avenged her quarter-final defeat at the Thailand Open on Wednesday, beating Singapore’s Juan Gu in straight games in the opening round of the Singapore Super Series.



    The World No 2 Indian ace needed only 40 minutes to pack off Juan, ranked 21, winning 21-14, 23-21 and registering her fifth victory over the local player.
    The 23-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on Japan’s Eriko Hirose, who holds a 3-2 record against the Indian.
    There was more joy for India at the Singapore indoor stadium on Wednesday, as rising shuttler Sai Praneeth scored a stunning straight-games victory over world No 4 Yun Hu of Hong Kong in the opening round of the men's singles.
    The world No 61 Indian brushed aside the second seeded shuttler, winning 21-9, 21-10 in 30 minutes.;
    The 20-year-old from Hyderabad, who ruined former World and Olympics champion Taufik Hidayat's farewell in Indonesia, will next take on the winner of the match between RMV Gurusaidutt and Wei Feng Chong.
    Praneeth had lost to Yun in straight games at the Vietnam International Challenge in 2009.
    World No 12 Juan had cut short Saina's All-England campaign in 2011, beating her in straight games in the quarter-finals.
    Saina surged ahead 5-1 but Juan clawed back with four straight points. However, the Indian maintained control thereafter to take the game.
    In the second game, Juan established a 10-5 lead early on but Saina bounced back to level at 12. After a brief fight, the Indian grabbed the lead and extended it to 19-16 only to see the local girl put up stiff resistance. Juan scored four straight points to regain the leadf at 20-19.
    However, Saina’s better staying power and experience won her the day in the end.
    The other Indians in the fray, however, lost in the opening round of the tournament.
    Ajay Jayaram went down fighting 19-21, 21-18, 17-21 to fourth seed Kenichi Tago of Japan, while top seed Pengyu Du sent Anand Pawar packing 21-16, 21-13 in another men's singles match.
    Sourabh Varma, another up-and-coming shuttler, was defeated 17-21, 17-21 by Wing Ki Wong in another men's singles opening round match that lasted 37 minutes.
    In the women's singles, Arundhati Pantawane lost to world No 26 Bulgarian Petya Nedelcheva 18-21, 18-21, while P C Thulasi put up a gallant fight against world No 14 Indonesian Lindaweni Faetri before losing 23-21, 16-21, 16-21 in 66 minutes.
    In the mixed doubles, the Indian pair of Tarun Kona and Ashwini Ponnappa lost to third seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir 6-21, 10-21, while Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan suffered a 17-21, 21-19, 12-21 loss to Thai combo of Songphon Anugritayawon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul.
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    Default Saina reaches second round of Singapore Super Series

    Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal avenged her quarterfinal loss at the Thailand Open by Juan Gu with a comfortable straight-game victory over the Singaporean in the opening round of the Singapore Super Series here on Wednesday.

    The World number two Indian took 40 minutes to pack off Juan, ranked 21, 21-14 23-21 in the women`s singles competition at the Singapore Indoor Stadium to record her fifth victory over the local player.

    The 23-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on Japanese Eriko Hirose, who holds a 3-2 record against the Indian. The world number 12 had spoilt Saina`s All England campaign when she beat her in straight games in the quarterfinals in the 2011 edition.

    Saina surged ahead to a 5-1 lead initially but Juan clawed back with four straight points. However, the Indian didn`t allow Juan much chance after that and successfully kept her at bay to earn the bragging rights.

    In the second game, Juan was impressive as she held a 10-5 lead early on but Saina bounced back to level par at 12-12. After a brief fight, Saina was successful in grabbing the lead at 19-16 but Juan didn`t want to go down without a fight.

    The Singaporean produced a four-point burst to lead 20-19 but it was Saina who had the last laugh in the end.
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    Default Saina in quarters at Singapore; Praneeth goes down fighting

    Saina Nehwal scored a hard-fought victory over Eriko Hirose of Japan to enter the quarter-finals in the women's singles at the Singapore Super Series on Thursday.

    However, other Indians in the fray lost their respective second round matches and bowed out of the competition.
    The world No 2 Indian ace took a little more than an hour to beat the Japanese 16-21, 21-16, 21-9 at the Singapore indoor stadium.
    The 23-year-old from Hyderabad will take on Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia next.
    Saina and Hirose were engaged in a neck-and-neck battle till 14-all in the opening game, before the Japanese opened up a two-point lead and maintained it to take the game.
    Saina bounced back in the second and surged ahead 4-1, but Hirose clawed back with five straight points and opened up a 6-4 lead.
    Thereafter the lead changed hands constantly. The two were tied at 12-12 before Saina broke away and took the game at 16.
    The third game, however, was cakewalk for Saina as the Japanese ran out of steam.
    Meanwhile, Sai Praneeth B went down fighting 11-21, 21-17, 16-21 to Wei Feng Chong of Malaysia in the second round of the men’s singles.
    Praneeth, who had stunned world No 4 Yun Hu of Hong Kong in his opening round match, could not repeat Wednesday’s showing and lost in 53 minutes.
    India's campaign also ended in the mixed and men's doubles.
    While the men's doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar lost to the sixth seeded Korean duo of Baek Choel Shin and Yeon Seong Yoo 14-21, 19-21, in 33 minutes, Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan were outplayed by Indonesians Praveen Jordan and Vita Marissa 10-21, 18-21 in just 27 minutes in the mixed doubles.
    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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