India’s Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth reached the quarter-finals of the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow on Thursday.
The three players are the only Indians left in the singles draw after B Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram and the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy lost in the pre-quarterfinals.
India will be assured of a medal if any of the three shuttlers left in the singles draw win their quarter-final matches.
In the men’s singles, eighth seed Srikanth registered a 21-14, 21-18 win over Danish 14th seed Anders Antonsen.
The next opponent for Srikanth will be South Korean top seed Son, who edged past Thai 11th seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-18, 21-13.
Sindhu, a double World Championships bronze medallist, earned a hard-fought win over Hong Kong 13th seed Cheung Ngan Yi 19-21, 23-21, 21-17 in an hour and 27 minutes on Thursday.
The next opponent for Sindhu will be Chinese fifth seed Sun Yu, who got past Spanish 15th seed Beatriz Corrales 21-16, 21-19.
Saina, seeded 12th, registered a morale-boosting 21-19, 21-15 win over South Korean second seed Sung ji Hyun to reach her seventh straight quarter-final at the World Badminton Championships.
She plays Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour in the next round on Friday.
All three matches featuring the Indians will be televised on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD 1.