Home favourite H.S. Prannoy maintained his dominance over Denmark’s Jan O. Jorgensen to book his place in the men’s singles quarter-finals at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) India Open.
Prannoy triumphed 21-19, 20-22, 21-17 at K.D. Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi, beating Jorgensen for the fourth time in as many matches.
Awaiting him in the last eight is another Dane, second seed Viktor Axelsen, who defeated Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-11, 21-9 at the BWF Super 500 event.
Joining Prannoy are three fellow Indians – Srikanth Kidambi, Sai Praneeth Bhamidipati and Parupalli Kashyap.
Third seed Kidambi overcame China’s Lu Guangzu 21-11, 21-16, while Sai Praneeth outplayed compatriot Sameer Verma in an 18-21, 21-16, 21-15 win.
Parupalli, meanwhile, knocked out Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-11, 21-13.
Kidambi and Sai Praneeth will face each other with Parupalli going up against Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei, a 21-16, 21-13 victor over India’s Subhankar Dey.
The othe tie pits China’s Huang Yuxiang against seventh-seeded Thai Khosit Phetpradab.
Huang beat France’s Brice Leverdez 21-8, 21-15, while Phetpradab defeated compatriot Sitthikom Thammasin 21-19, 12-21, 21-18.
In the women’s singles, third seed He Bingjiao was too strong for fellow Chinese Li Xuerui, needing just 38 minutes to win 21-18, 21-17, sealing progress to the quarter-finals.
Standing between her and a place in the last four is the United States' Beiwen Zhang, who beat Canada's Brittney Tam 21-6, 21-16.
Among the other players through is India's Pusarla Venkata Sindhu after the second seed defeated Hong Kong's Deng Joy Xuan 21-11, 21-13.
Her next challenge is eighth-seeded Dane Mia Blichfeldt, a 21-8, 17-21, 21-13 winner at the expense of India's Riya Mookerjee.
The two other quarter-final ties will see Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi meet China's Han Yue and Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon go up against compatriot Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
Cheung overcame the US's Disha Gupta 21-7, 21-8, while seventh seed Han beat Thailand's Chananchida Jucharoen 21-13, 21-8.
Intanon and Ongbamrungphan ousted Chinese opponents with the former defeating Chen Xiaoxin 21-18, 21-11 and the latter overcoming Cai Yanyan 19-21, 21-12, 21-18.
Action in New Delhi is due to continue tomorrow.
The finals are scheduled for Sunday (March 31).