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Super Saina, Kashyap, Sameer enter quarters 

Lucknow: Defending champion Sameer Verma and former champions Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap progressed to the quarterfinals of the Syed Modi International badminton tournament with contrasting victories. Saina defeated Amolika Singh Sisodiya 21-14 21-9, while Kashyap recovered from a game down to see off Indonesia’s Firman Abdul Kholik 9-21 22-20 21-8. Third seed Verma beat China’s Zhao Junpeng 22-20 21-17 and will meet China’s Zhou Zeqi.

Saina will next face compatriot Rituparna Das, who beat Shruti Mundada 21-11 21-15 in a one-sided clash. Sai Praneeth brushed aside Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-12 21-10 and will take on China’s Lu Guangzu who beat Subhankar Dey 21-13 21-10.

In the women’s singles, Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka notched up a 21-12 21-15 win over compatriot Reshma Karthik. She will square off against former Olympics champion Li Xuerui. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also entered the last-8 by defeating compatriots Shivam Sharma and Poorvisha S Ram 12-21 21-14 21-15 in their mixed doubles match.

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