Sydney: Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu entered the quarter finals of the Australian Super Series on Thursday after posting comfortable victories in their respective singles second round matches, here.
However, India’s campaign was over in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles events.
World No. 8 Saina had an easy outing against compatriot P C Thulasi, who she beat 21-18, 21-15 in a 42-minute battle, while eighth seeded Sindhu took just 31 minutes to overcome Thailand’s Nichaon Jindapon 21-13, 21-7.
The opening game saw some fine exchange of shots between the two Indians with Thulasi giving a good fight to her more experienced and celebrated compatriot. Though Saina took a 3-0 lead, Thulasi was quick to make it 3-3. Then it was neck and neck battle till 15-15 before the Olympic bronze-medallist shuttler upped the ante and used all her experience to steal the first game.
In the second game, Thulasi completely ran out of steam even as a dominating Saina, seeded sixth, kept on widening the gap to eventually close the door on her lesser known opponent.
Saina will clash with Eriko Hirose of Japan in the last-eight stage of the competition.
For Sindhu, it was a cakewalk as she bagged a total of 42 points as compared to just 20 won by her rival.
The only time the scores were tied in the opening game was at 1-1. (PTI)