Arvind Bhat staved off the challenge from Hsu Jui Ting, ranked 164, by notching up a 21-17, 25-23 win in a match that lasted for 37 minutes. The Bangalore shuttler will square off with Malaysia's Tang Jie Chen next.
Second seed Sourabh Varma took exactly half an hour to ease past James Eunson 21-16, 21-14 in their first ever match. Varma, who hails from Dhar in Madhya Pradesh, will face another New Zealander Dylan Henton in the next round.
The 28-year-old Simon Santoso, considered a rank outsider against Malaysia's imperious Lee Chong Wei, upset the form book in style with an emphatic 21-15, 21-10 victory in just 48 minutes in the Singapore Open final.
Despite putting up a strong showing against the top seed, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, Kidambi Srikanth went down 19-21, 18-21 in 42 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth played a marathon quarter-final lasting an hour and three minutes to overcome Hong Kong's World No.14 Hun Yu 17-21, 21-14, 21-19 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. However, his compatriots PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth crashed out in straight games on Friday.
PV Sindhu, who won the Malaysia Open and Macau Open last year besides the prestigious World Championship bronze, prevailed over Japan's Shizuka Uchida 21-17 17-21 21-16 in a women's singles match of the Singapore Super Series. The Indian will next take on World No. 3 Yihan Wang in the quarterfinals on Friday.
While PV Sindhu dropped to No.11 in the latest women's singles Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, no Indian figures in the top-25 of the men's, women's and mixed doubles rankings.
PV Sindhu, seeded eighth in the USD 300,000 tournament, had a tough time against Millicent Wiranto of Indonesia before securing a 21-9, 19-21, 22-20 victory in a closely-fought 56-minute match on the opening day of the main draw.
Lee Chong Wei thrashed world No.2 Chen Long of China 21-13, 21-17 to clinch his third India Open Super Series men's singles title in four years.
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