Indian shuttlers had a fantastic outing at the Commonwealth Games Thursday as most of them won their respective Round of 16 matches to proceed to the quarter-finals at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. (CWG Day 8 Wrap | Highlights | Results | Medal Tally)
To start with, men's singles second seed Parupalli Kashyap needed only 24 minutes to move past Australia's Jeff Tho 21-7, 21-8 while fifth seed R.M.V. Gurusaidutt beat Andrew D'Souza 21-13, 21-9 in 27 minutes. (Indian wrestlers wrap up two gold, a silver and a bronze)
However, fourth seeded Kidambi Srikanth had to struggle for 57 minutes before edging past Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne 20-22, 21-16, 21-12. (Vikas Gowda bags Discus gold)
Later, sixth seed P.C. Thulasi defeated Canadian Rachel Honderich 21-12, 21-7 in 31 minutes to move into the women's singles last eight while women's doubles defending champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa overcame Australian combine He Tang and Renuga Veeran 18-21, 21-10, 21-6. (Indian men's hockey in semis)
But it was the end of the road for Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra in men's doubles who lost to Malaysian duo Wee Kiong Tan and Wei Shem Goh 13-21, 14-21 in 28 minutes.