New Delhi:A gritty Parupalli Kashyap pipped seventh-seed Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh in a battle lasting an hour to cruise into the quarter-finals of the Asian Badminton Championship while the mixed doubles pair of V Diju and Jwala Gutta bowed out in the second round at the Suwon stadium in Korea on Thursday.
Kashyap emerged as the lone Indian survivor after beating Nguyen 21-19, 17-21, 21-11 in the pre-quarter final match to set up a clash with fourth-seed Chinese Bao Chunlai, who beat Kuan Beng Hong of Malaysia 21-16, 10-21, 21-13 in another match.
In a see-saw battle, Kashyap survived a scare from Nguyen but managed to hold his nerves at crucial moments to pocket the first game 21-19. But the Vietnamese came back strongly to level the score after winning the second game 21-17.
In the decider, Kashyap made sure he did not lose focus and eventually sealed the match at 21-11.
Diju and Gutta failed to carry on their recent impressive form, losing 17-21, 21-11, 18-21 to Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in a gruelling 41-minute second round encounter.
Down 1-0, the seventh-seed Indian duo led a spirited fightback to win the next game 21-11 but eventually ran out of steam as the Malaysians sealed the match 21-18.
On Wednesday, Kashyap beat 15th seed Hong Ji Hoon of Korea 21-14, 7-21, 21-19 in a 53-minute match to sail into the pre-quarters but compatriot Anand Pawar had gone down to Minh 21-16, 15-21, 16-21 in a 51-minute clash.
India's men doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Thomas Sanave also made an early exit after losing 18-21, 19-21 against Chinese pair of Xu Chen and Guo Zhendong in the first round.