Popat shocks defending champ, storms into quarters
Li Li succumbed to Indian opposition for the second time in three days after Saina shocked her in straight games in the mixed team event.india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 17:33 IST
India's top shuttler Aparna Popat stormed into the women's singles quarterfinal scoring a major upset over defending champion Li Li of Singapore at the 18th Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
Popat, the bronze medallist at the Manchester Games, came back from a game down against the world number 19 to register a remarkable 10-21, 23-21, 21-17 victory at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
The world number 56 will now face Alice Elizabeth Cann of Jersey for a place in the semis.
In the men's singles, fourth seed Chetan Anand and national champion Anup Sridhar comfortably sailed into the quarterfinals.
However, the winning streak of teenage prodigy Saina Nehwal came to an abrupt end as she lost 21-14, 13-21, 6-21 to Xing Aiyang of Singapore.
Saina, the 97th ranked player in the world, who had not conceded a game in the event so far, failed to capitalise on a one game lead to go down 21-14, 13-21, 6-21.
The other Indian in the fray, Trupti Murgunde, also bowed out of the women's singles draw.
Li Li succumbed to Indian opposition for the second time in three days after Saina shocked her in straight games in the mixed team event.
She saved two match points against Popat, but could not stop her from progressing into the next round.
Meanwhile, Chetan Anand trounced Stephan Beeharry of Mauritius 21-14, 21-16 to move into the last eight.