Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal emerged as the lone survivor for India at the Japan Open, defeating Mingtian Fu of Singapore in straight-games to reach the quarterfinals of the singles competition at Tokyo on Thursday. Fourth seed Saina took 33 minutes to beat Mingtian 21-17, 21-16. She will now take on Juan GU of Singapore on Friday.
Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist P Kashyap played his heart out before going down 15-21, 21-6, 18-21 to sixth seed Jin Chen in the men's singles. Ajay Jayaram lost 20-22, 16-21 to Indonesian Simon Santoso in a 42-minute battle. Commonwealth Games gold-medallists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa failed to get past seventh-seeded Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim in women's doubles losing 9-21, 21-18, 22-24 to the Korean pair.
Indian eves impress
Bangkok: Indian eves continued their unbeaten run as they dished out a clinical display to thrash Malaysia 4-1 in their last round robin Pool B match of the U-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament. Anupa Barla (13th and 55th minute), Poonam Rani (19th) and Navjot Kaur (57th) sounded the board for India, while Nadia Khan scored the consolation goal for Malaysia in the 64th minute. India will play Japan in the semis.
Rathore bags gold
New Delhi: Silver-medallist in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, clinched the double-trap gold in the Sajjan Singh memorial masters shooting championships at the Karni Singh Ranges on Thursday.
Rathore, who shot an aggregate of 193 (144 + 49), pushed Joginder Pal Singh (140+45=185) and young Mohd Asab (140+41=181) to second and third spots respectively.
In junior double-trap, Shyan Masood (134 out of 150) clinched gold, followed by Ankur Mittal (128) and Syed Ali Bin Hadi (98).