Odense: Defending champion Saina Nehwal advanced to women’s singles quarter finals of the Denmark Super Series Premier, thrashing Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour in straight games, here, on Thursday.
The London Olympics bronze medallist notched up a 21-12, 21-7 victory over Gilmour in the second round match that lasted only 30 minutes.
The world No. 4 Indian will next take on the winner of sixth seed Korean Ji Hyun Sung and Tsz Ka Chan of Hong Kong.
Earlier, in a clash between two Indians, RMV Gurusaidutt moved to the quarter finals when he prevailed over Ajay Jayaram 21-15, 21-16 in a men’s singles match, which lasted for 35 minutes.
Guru will next take on third seed Chinese Pengyu Du.
Saina took some time to settle down. It allowed Gilmour to get into a slender 6-3 lead against the Indian in the early stages of the first game.
However, the Hyderabad-based shuttler reeled off six straight points to zoom ahead to 9-6 and then dominated the proceedings.
In the second game, Saina surged ahead to a 6-0 lead but Gilmour managed to reduce the margin to 4-9. The Indian then extended the gap to a 13-4 lead and kept moving ahead, before eventually sealing the match comfortably.
India's top men shuttler Parupalli Kashyap also could not get across the world number five Jan Jorgensen of Denmark and suffered a 11-21 15-21 defeat to the local star in a 35-minute match.
Outclassed most part of the match, Kashyap saved four match points in the dying moment but it was too little and too late in the end.
In the first game, Kashyap did put up a fight initially and was lagging 6-7 at once stage but Jorgensen didn't allow the Indian to get across him as he slowly and steadily moved ahead and then 15-11, reeled off six points to march ahead. (PTI)