Indian National champion Parimarjan Negi registered easy victory over women's world champion Hou Yifan of China in the second round of the inaugural AAI Grandmasters at the AAI Officer's Institute on Thursday. Negi's win over Yifan came in 32 moves.
Meanwhile top seed Fabiano Caruana of Italy and Czech champion, Viktor Laznicka scored their second successive wins even as India's Krishnan Saskiran suffered his second loss and Filipino Wesley So his first defeat. Sasi lost to Caruana in a game lasting 45 moves.
New Delhi: It was the end of the road for young Rutuja Bhosale. The 15-year-old from Pune was unable to tackle Prerna Bhambri's challenge as she tamely went down 2-6, 2-6 in the quarterfinals of the $10000 ITF Women's tournament at DLTA on Thursday. Bhambri, seeded eighth in the tournament, set up a semifinal clash against Belgian Desiree Bastianon after the 23-year-old got past Hae-Sung Kim of Korea. Kim, last week's ITF finalist, conceded the match when trailing 6-4, 4-6, 1-4 as she twisted her ankle.
There might be a chance of an all-Indian final as unseeded Delhi girl Ratnika Batra ousted the fifth seed, Italy's Stephanie Scimone.
Batra easily won 6-3, 6-2. Meanwhile, it was heartbreak for last week's ITF winner Zhaoxuan Yang.