Jakarta: India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal advanced into the women’s singles quarterfinals of Indonesia Open Super Series.
Saina, seeded eighth, had a relatively easy outing against Kirsty Gilmour as the Indian took just 36 minutes to send her rival packing 21-17 21-9 to take a 3-0 career lead over the world no. 17 Scottish shuttler. Saina will take on world no.1 Li Xuerui of China tomorrow.
Saina has a 2-6 win-loss record against the top seeded reigning Olympic champion.
However, India’s women’s doubles challenge came to an end on Thursday when Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa lost to South Korea’s Ye Na Jang and So Young Kim 21-16 15-21 21-12 in 45 minutes.