India’s Sameer Verma and Saina Nehwal are the highest seeds left in the men’s and women’s single’s draws respectively as they reached the quarter-finals at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Syed Modi International.
Third seed Verma edged past China’s Zhao Junpeng 22-20, 21-17 to qualify for the last eight of the BWF World Tour Super 300 event.
China’s Zhou Zeqi awaits for Verma in the quarter-finals at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow.
In the women’s singles draw, former world number one Nehwal beat Indian compatriot Amolika Singh Sisodiya 21-14, 21-9.
The second seed will have to face another Indian player, eighth seed Rituparna Das, in the quarter-finals as Das defeated another team-mate in Shruti Mundada 21-11, 21-15 to advance.
Second seeds Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto will face sixth seeds Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong of China in the quarter-finals of the men's doubles.
The Indonesian pair overcame China’s Huang Kaixiang and Wang Zekang 21-14, 21-12, while Han and Zhou beat Thailand’s Tinn Isriyanet and Tanupat Viriyangkura 21-10, 21-17.
In the women’s doubles, all five top seeds except the number ones are through to the quarter-finals and are drawn against unseeded opponents.
Second seeds from Indonesia, Della Destiara Haris and Rizki Amelia Pradipta, will face China’s Chen Lu and Xu Ya after beating their compatriots Dong Wenjing and Feng Xueying 21-9, 21-13.
Malaysia’s third seeds Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean are also safely through to the quarter-finals after beating home favourites Shruti Mishra and Samriddhi Singh, 21-7, 21-5.