Denmark Open Super Series: Saina Nehwal, Srikanth, Prannoy march into quarterfinals


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Prannoy stunned 3-time Olympic silver medalist Lee Chong Wei to storm into the quarterfinals of the tournament.

While Saina Nehwal will face Akane Yamaguchi for a place in the semifinals, HS Prannoy will take on top seed Son Wan Ho as Kidambi Sriknath will lock horns with Viktor Axelson. (Photo: AP)

Odense: Indian badminton stars Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy are now a win away from sealing a place in the semifinals of the ongoing Denmark Open Super Series Premier tournament. The trio will play their respective matches on Friday.

Prannoy last night stunned three-time Olympic silver medalist Lee Chong Wei to storm into the quarterfinals at Odense.

The unseeded Indian outplayed the seventh seeded Malaysian, and won the Round-of-16 match, 21-17, 11-21, 21-19. It was Prannoy's second successive victory over Lee. He will now face top seeded Son Wan Ho.

Meanwhile, world number eight Srikanth, who defeated South Korea's Jeon Hyeok-jin 21-13, 8-21, 21-18, will lock horns with second seeded Viktor Axelson.

In women's singles, ace Indian shuttler Saina will face fourth seeded Akane Yamaguchi to book her place in the semifinals.

The 27-year-old made it to the last-8 after beating Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand, in straight games, 22-20, 21-13. It was Saina's seventh victory over the Thai.