Singapore Open: Saina Nehwal into quarter-finals, Parupalli Kashyap ousted

first_img Next India Today Web Desk SingaporeApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 15:20 IST Saina Nehwal defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong to enter the Singapore Open quarter-finals (IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal entered the quarter-finals after defeating Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-16, 18-21, 21-19Parupalli Kashyap came up with a valiant fight against reigning Olympic champion Chen LongKidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy will be in second-round action later in the daySixth seed Saina Nehwal needed three games and 67 minutes to beat unseeded Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 in the second round of Singapore Open Super 500 tournament and seal a quarter-final berth on Thursday.Saina, ranked No. 9 in BWF charts, held her nerves in a fiercely-fought battle at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as lower-ranked Chochuwong forced a decider after losing the first game 21-16 to the Indian shuttler.Saina, at 19-17, was inching closer towards the victory but the 21-year-old Thailand shuttler fought back and levelled the decider at 19-19 only to see Saina run away with the match with two straight points.Notably, Saina avenged her Malaysia Open defeat to Chochuwong with a hard-fought win. Saina was ousted in the first round by the Thailand shuttler last week in Kuala Lumpur after a 22-20, 15-21, 10-21 defeat.Saina will next face second seed and former world champion Nozomi Okuhara in Friday’s quarter-finals.On the other hand, Parupalli Kashyap failed to overcome a challenging test against reigning Olympic champion Chen Long. Kashyap battled hard to force a decider after meekly surrendering the first game 9-21 to Chen.However, the Chinese shuttler maanged to close out the deciding game 21-16 and progress to the quarter-final.Notably, Chen Long had finished runner-up at last week’s Malaysia Open after losing the final to compatriot Lin Dan.Meanwhile, unseeded Sameer Verma eased past China’s Lu Guangzu 21-15, 21-18 to book a place in the quarter-final. He will face the winner of Thursday’s Round of 16 match between Jan O Jorgensen and second seed Chou Tien Chen on Friday.advertisementLater in the day, sixth seed Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy will be in action in the men’s singles second round. While Prannoy faces world number one Kento Momota, Srikanth takes on Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus for a spot in the quarter-final.Earlier, PV Sindhu took 39 minutes to get the better of world number 22 Mia Blichfeldt 21-13 21-19, her second straight win over the Danish girl, who had clinched the Spain Masters this year.Also Read | PV Sindhu seals quarter-final spot at Singapore OpenAlso Read | Singapore Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal into 2nd round after easy winsAlso Read | Malaysia Open 2019: PV Sindhu crashes out in 2nd round, Srikanth advancesAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Singapore OpenFollow BadmintonFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli Kashyap Singapore Open: Saina Nehwal into quarter-finals, Parupalli Kashyap oustedWhile Saina Nehwal avenged her Malaysia Open first-round defeat against Pornpawee Chochuwong in Singapore on Thursday, Parupalli Kashyap lost a hard-fought three-game battle to Olympic champion Chen Long.advertisementlast_img read more

Indy 500 winner Pagenaud earns pole for Sundays Honda Indy

Related Stories Wickens to drive parade lap at Toronto with hand controlsHeads-up drivers: Road closures start for Honda Indy The past seven weeks for Simon Pagenaud have been part basking in the heady afterglow of his Indianapolis 500 win, and part itching for another victory.“At this point I feel like May was great, but I’ve got other mountains I want to climb, and I want a second championship,” the Frenchman said. “Yeah, it’s time to go.”That second victory could come Sunday.Pagenaud will start from the pole in the Honda Indy Toronto, recording a time of 58.4293 seconds in Saturday’s qualifying session on the 2.89-kilometre, 11-turn street course that winds around Exhibition Place on Toronto’s lakefront.It’s the 12th pole of his career, and second this season – he started from the pole en route to winning the Indy in May, a thrilling victory the 35-year-old called a “life-changing event.” He’s never won in Toronto, finishing second here last year.“It has been eluding me here,” he said. “I’ve always been really fast here . . . we certainly have way more pace this year than we did last year. I’m going to attack (Sunday).”Pagenaud is third in the IndyCar Series standings, with seven races remaining.“This is the end of the championship, it’s time to be aggressive, time to pounce on the table, quite frankly, and I’ve got to mark my territory,” he said. “So I’m going to go out and drive hard, and I can’t control the outcome, so we’ll just see what happens.”The Frenchman and his Team Penske Chevrolet have been a tear in Toronto. He clocked the fastest practice time Friday then followed it up with the fastest lap time in Saturday morning’s practice session.He then won the pole by edging out defending Toronto Indy and reigning series champion Scott Dixon, whose quickest lap was 58.5948.The New Zealander pushing hard on his final lap and spun out through Turn 11 in a wild finish.“Yeah, that was the pole lap right there, man,” Dixon said.Had Dixon been penalized for his mishap, he would have lost his quick lap time and been bumped down the grid.“Luckily we were in some pretty clear air there behind, as well, that the next car was actually going to have to pit,” said Dixon. “So yeah, super lucky. It could have been sixth instead of second.”Felix Rosenqvist clocked 58.6793 in the qualifying which ended moments before a fierce storm rolled through the city, sending fans racing for cover.Rounding out the top six: Alexander Rossi, who bounced off a wall before recording a time of 58.9215, season-series leader Josef Newgarden (59.3103), and Ed Jones (59.5353).James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., will start 14th.“We’ve got a long race (Sunday), and we’ll do what we can to make our way to the front,” Hinchcliffe said. “This series, it’s tough to move forward at all, we have such a talented field. With such a short lap, there’s not a lot of corners to make a gain on other guys.“(But) we’ve had really good Sundays, really good car on race days so far this year, so I’m confident we can pick off some of these guys.”Hinchcliffe has never won in Toronto, but has two third-place finishes in the past four years. He’s attempting to become the first Canadian to win at home since Toronto’s Paul Tracy stood atop the podium in 2003. Tracy also won in 1993.He’ll have the crowd on his side Sunday in Canada’s lone IndyCar Series stop.“That’s what great about this event and the Canadian fans,” Hinchcliffe said. “They support you through thick and thin and that’s why I love coming home. I want to give them something to cheer for coming from 14th place. So we’ll try to get a fair way up the grid tomorrow.”The morning session was marred by a wild scuffle between an angry Takuma Sato and Sebastien Bourdais after the Frenchman passed him on the last lap of the morning session. Video showed Sato confronting Bourdais in his pit box, and grabbing him by the collar. The Frenchman shoved Sato away before punches were thrown. The drivers were quickly separated. read more