Saina Nehwal and Chetan Anand advanced to the quarterfinals but Arvind Bhat crashed out after a stunning third-round defeat in the Syed Modi International Grand Prix badminton tournament on Thursday.
Saina crushed Chitralekha 21-9, 21-7 to set up a clash with Fransiska Ratnasari, while Chetan struggled past Indonesian Adnan Fauzi 21-11, 20-22, 21-17.
The men’s top seed will take on compatriot Anup Sridhar in the quarterfinals on Friday. Sixth-seeded Sridhar spanked Eshan Naqvi 21-14, 21-11 in another match.
However, the biggest upset of the day was the shocking 21-15, 19-21, 14-21 defeat of Arvind at the hands of Malaysian Kwong Beng Chan.