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Saina and Kashyap in quarters

Saina Nehwal

Basel: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal set up a quarter final clash with world No. 3 and top seed Chinese Yihan Wang, while Commonwealth Games bronze winner Parupalli Kashyap, too, entered the last eight in the $125,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold tournament here.

The 23-year-old from Hyderabad registered an easy 21-7, 21-13 win over Sashina Vignes Waran of France in the pre-quarter finals that lasted 34 minutes in the women’s singles competition.

Kashyap, on the other hand, had to toil hard before prevailing over Malaysia’s Beryno Jiann Tze Wong 21-23, 21-9, 21-14 in a 57-minute men’s singles match.

He will next take on Chinese Taipei’s Tien Chen Chou.

Saina didn’t have any problem whatsoever and in five giant strides snatched the opening game, moving to 6-1 and then 13-2, before closing it with three straight points from 18-7.

In the second game, the sixth seeded Indian was chased by the world No. 42 French from 3-8 to 11-12, but Saina reeled off six points at 15-13 to seal her place in the quarter finals.