Kashyap, Mithun enter pre-quarterfinals of Orleans Masters badminton

Orleans (France), Mar 20: Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap and Mithun Manjunath entered the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals of USD 75,000 Orleans Masters BWF Tour Super 100 tournament here Wednesday.

Sixth seed Kashyap defeated Italy’s Rosario Maddaloni 21-15 21-17 to set up a clash against Japan’s Koki Watanabe, while Mithun beat fellow Indian Siddharth Pratap Singh 21-18 21-16 in another match.

In women’s singles, Mugdha Agrey overcame a stiff resistance from compatriot Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli before prevailing 21-16 20-22 21-13 to also enter the last 16. She will face Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland, who ended the campaign of India’s Vaidehi Choudhari 21-16 21-19.

Mixed doubles pair of Dhruv Kapila and Kuhoo Garg defeated Germany’s Jan Colin Volker and Eva Janssens 21-18 21-19, while Indo-Malaysian combination of Tarun Kona and Lim Khim Wah beat Algeria’s Mohamed Abderrahime Belarbi and Adel Hamek 21-16 21-15 to make it to the pre-quarters.

Vrushali Gummadi also bowed out, losing 11-21 12-21 to Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova, while Kuhoo and Saili Rane fought hard before losing 20-22 14-21 to German’s combination of Annabella Jager and Stine Kuspert in the women’s doubles. AFP