# Srikanth gets sweets revenge over Iskandar with smashing win
# Soon Huat upsets 10th seed Jeon Hyeok-jin to advance
# V Shem-Wee Kiong upset Korean fourth seeds
# Wei Feng loses to China’s Shi Yuqi
Top seed K. Srikantah exacted sweet revenge on Malaysia’s Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin with a smashing 21-9, 21-12 win for a place in the quarter-finals in the USD120,000 India Open Grand Prix (Syed Modi Badminton Championships) in Lucknow, India on Thursday.
Srikanth was beaten 27-25, 21-9 by the 24-year-old Malaysian in the semi-finals in last week’s Victor Far East Malaysia Masters in Penang. But this time around at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium it was the Indian ace who dictated terms in front of his home fans for his win in 32 minutes.
In the quarter-finals on Friday the Indian will be up against another Malaysian Goh Soon Huat who enjoying a good run in Lucknow. Soon Huat upset 10th seed Jeon Hyeok-jin of South Korea in the third round with a 21-13, 21-16 win in 48 minutes.
Malaysia’s former Asian and World junior champion Zulfadli Zulkifli fought his way back from a set down to beat teammate Goh Giap Chin 13-21, 21-16, 21-16 to earn a quarter-final clash against Thai ace Boonsak Ponsana.
Beleaguered Chong Wei Feng’s miserable form of late continued when he was shown the exit by China’s Shi Yuqi who won 21-18, 21-19.
The country’s top doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong were fully stretched in their upset win over Korean fourth seeds Ko Syung-hyun-Shin Baek-shoel to advance to the quarter-finals. The Malaysians toiled for 48 minutes for their 21-14, 14-21, 24-22 win.
For a place in the last four the Malaysians will face sixth seeds Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov, 21-14, 21-17 winners of India’s M. Anilkumar Raju-Venkat Gaurav Prasad.
Malaysia stayed alive in the mixed doubles when Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing marched into the quarter-finals with a 21-14, 21-17 win over India’s Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Nelakurihi Sikki Reddy in the second round.
Peng Soon-Pei Jing, who were beaten in semi-finals in the Malaysia Masters by teammates Tan Kian Meng-Goh Liu Ying will meet Japan’s Kento Kazumo-Ayane Kurihara in the quarter-finals. The Japanese defeated Koreans Choi Solgyu-Eom Hye-won 21-18, 17-21, 21-14.
Malaysia’s campaign in the women’s singles came to an end when world junior champion Goh Jin Wei lost 17-21, 10-21 to sixth seed Yui Hashimoto of Japan in her second round match.
THIRD ROUND RESULTS (Selected)
Srikanth (Ind) beat Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin (Mas) 21-9, 21-12
Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) beat Shreyansh Jaiswal (Ind) 21-10, 21-18
Zulfadli Zulkifli (Mas) beat Goh Giap Chin (Mas) 13-21, 21-16, 21-16
Goh Soon Huat (Mas) beat Jeon Hyeok-jin (Kor) 21-13, 21-16
Kashyap (Ind) beat Zhu Siyuan (Chn) 21-19, 21-10
Shi Yuqi (Chn) beat Chong Wei Feng (Mas) 21-18, 21-19
Men’s doubles (Second Round)
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat Ko Syung-hyun-Shin Baek-shoel (Kor) 21-14, 14-21, 24-22
Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) beat M. Anilkumar Raju-Venkat Gaurav Prasad (Ind) 21-14, 21-7
Women’s singles (Second Round)
Yui Hashimoto (Jpn) beat Goh Jin Wei (Mas) 21-17, 21-10
Mixed doubles (Second Round)
Shin Baek-shoel-Chae Yoo-jung (Kor) beat K. Yogendran-Prajakta Sawant (Mas/Ind) 21-11, 21-9
Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) beat Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Nelakurihi Sikki Reddy (Ind) 21-14, 21-17
Kento Kazuno-Ayane Kurihara (Jpn) beat Choi Solgyu-Eom Hye-won (Kor) 21-18, 17-21, 21-14