The fourth seed pair of Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa today entered the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles after earning a bye in the last-16 stage of the Commonwealth Games squash event here.
The Indian pair will be up against third seed Malaysians Nicol David, who won the gold medal in the singles event, and Ong Beng Hee tomorrow on an all-glass court at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
The Malaysian pair of David and Hee outclassed Stephanie Edmison and Andrew McDougall of Canada 11-3 11-5 in 22 minutes to earn a place in the last-8 stage.
In the morning session, Ghosal and Chinappa had defeated ninth seed Scottish pair of Frania Gillen-Buchert and Alan Clyne 11-9, 11-5 in 35 minutes in the second round. The Indian pair was awarded a bye in the pre-quarterfinals after they topped their Group-D.
"It's always good to get a bye and advance to the next stage without even hitting the court. We are playing great together and hope to perform well in front of the home crowd," said the 24-year-old Ghosal.
"David and Hee are both strong players and that has showed in their performance. We are looking ahead for tomorrow's clash," added Ghosal.
The Indian challenge, however, came to an end in the men's and women's doubles events with the pre-quarterfinal exit of its racqueters.
In the men's doubles event, the eighth seed pair of Gaurav Nandrajog and Siddharth Suchde went down fighting to sixth seed Malaysian pair of Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 9-11 7-11 in 56 minutes.
The 11th seed pair of Sandeep Jangra and Harinder Pal Sandhu was no match to fifth seed Scottish pair of Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch and lost 5-11 5-11 in 32 minutes.
In the women's doubles, the unseeded pair of Anaka Alnkamony and Surbhi Misra was made to run from one corner to another by third seed pair of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro before losing 6-11 1-11 in 18 minutes.
Meanwhile, the day also saw other top seed pairs including Nick Matthew/Adrian Grant of England and Australia's David Palmer/Stewart Boswell and Kasey Brown/Cameron Pilley advancing to the next round. The top seed men's doubles pair of Matthew and Grant defeated 13th seed Robin Clarke and Shawn Delierre of Canada 11-4 11-2 in 25 minutes.
The second seed pair of Boswell and Palmer beat 10th seed Aamir Atlas Khan and Farhan Mehboob of Pakistan 11-4 11-5 in 42 minutes.
Mixed doubles pair of Brown and Pilley got a bye in the last-16 round while second seed Jenny Duncalf and James Willstrop of England outclassed unseeded pair of Safina Madhani and Hartaj Bains of Kenya 11-3 11-4 in 17 minutes.