Shizuka Uchida also made an upset of recent Adidas China Masters runner-up Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thailand) with 19-21, 21-15 and 21-14 victory. The other Japanese to enter the quarter-finals include Yui Hashimoto, Sayaka Takahashi and Minatsu Mitani (7).
In Men’s Singles draw, Japanese qualifier Jun Takemura was a straight-games victor over eighth seed Hu Yun (Hong Kong) with 21-18, 21-17, while his senior, Kenichi Tago (7), took 70 minutes to beat Marc Zwiebler of Germany with 21-16, 19-21and 21-14.
Similarly, India also had a successful day in Men’s Singles as Japan. Haseena Sunilkumar (HS) Prannoy grabbed a shocking victory against Jan O Jorgensen (Denmark) with 21-14, 13-21 and 21-17.
Indian player Kidambi Srikanth entered his first Superseries quarter-finals by outplaying giant-killer Kazuteru Kozai of Japan with 21-12, 21-16 in 32 minutes. Another Indian, Ajay Jayaram, survived a long three-game match against Yuichi Ikeda (Japan) with 21-13, 11-21 and 21-18. While Anand Pawar was the only Indian Men’s Singles player to lose on the day against top seed and defending champion Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) with 21-12, 21-16.
Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, World Champions in Men’s Doubles, haven’t dropped a game in their last two Superseries campaigns and achieved their 12th straight-games win in a row, beating Yuya Komatsuzaki/Hiroki Takeuchi (Japan) with 21-19, 21-19 to advance into the quarter-finals. Their closest challengers, Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark, 2) and Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan (China, 4) also made it to the quarter-finals. However, local hopes Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa (3) were defeated with 21-14, 21-12 against China’s Chai Biao/Hong Wei.
In Women’s Doubles, top seeds Ma Jin and Tang Jinhua of China enjoyed victory against Yuriko Miki/Koharu Yonemoto with 21-10, 19-21 and 21-14. Ma and Tang will face each other in the Mixed Doubles quarter-finals as Ma Jin with Xu Chen dismissed Japan’s Hashiru Shimono/Wakana Nagahara with 21-13, 21-10, while Chai Biao/Tang Jinhua have beaten Lee Chun Hei/Chau Hoi Wah (Hong Kong), with 21-12, 21-19.
World Junior champion Kento Momota’s match in men singles draw was the longest one of the day against Vietnam veteran Nguyen Tien Minh. Tien Minh emerged victorious with 21-17, 19-21 and 21-15.
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