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Singapore Open: Saina Nehwal stuns He Bing Jiao, joins PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy in quarterfinals

Saina Nehwal in action at the 2022 Malaysia Open How Foo Yeen/Getty Images

Veteran Indian player Saina Nehwal notched a sensational win over Chinese world No 9 He Bing Jiao at the Singapore Open on Thursday to join PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Saina, an Olympic bronze medallist, prevailed 21-19, 11-21, 21-17 over the fifth-seeded Chinese to make the last eight, her first in a Super 500 event in over two and a half years.

The 32-year-old from Hyderabad has been battling a series of injuries and lack of form which forced her to skip the selection trials for the Commonwealth Games, in April. In the last three years, Saina's best performance had been a semi-final finish at Orleans Master Super 100 last year. She had also reached the quarterfinal stage at Malaysia Masters and Barcelona Spain Masters in 2020.

Two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu and in-form Prannoy also stormed into the quarterfinals after registering fighting wins.

Third seed Sindhu staved off a spirited challenge from Vietnam's World No 59 Thuy Linh Nguyen 19-21, 21-19, 21-18 in the women's singles competition to set up a clash with China's Han Yue.

Prannoy, ranked 19th, notched up his second win in three weeks over world No 4 and third seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 14-21, 22-20, 21-18 in an hour and nine minute contest. The 29-year-old Indian, who is looking to break his five-year-old title drought, will face Japan's Kodai Naraoka next.

The men's doubles pairing of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila also entered the quarters, with a stunning 18-21, 24-22 21-18 win over sixth seeded Malaysian combination of Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin.

A day after notching up an upset win over compatriot Kidambi Srikanth, Mithun Manjunath's run ended with a fighting 10-21, 21-18, 16-21 loss to Ireland's Nhat Nguyen.

Ashmita Chaliha, who had defeated Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan, also couldn't proceed further in the tournament, losing 9-21 13-21 to Han Yue of China.

China's sixth seed Li Wen Mei and Du Yue ended Pooja Dandu and Arathi Sara Sunil's stay in the tournament with a 21-12 21-6 win in women's doubles.