Saina Nehwal continued her run at the Macau Open after coming from behind against Dinar Dyah Ayustine and booking her place in the quarters with a 17-21, 21-18, 21-12 win. Sai Praneeth joined her in the quarters in the men’s draw with a one-sided 21-15, 21-17 win over Wong Wing Ki.
No.1 seed Saina Nehwal started the match on the front foot and raced to a 12-8 lead in the opening game against Dinar Dyah Ayustine of Indonesia. However, the World no.51 showed a lot of resistance and came from behind to win the first game 21-17. It seemed like the second game would have a similar story when Saina's lead at 18-12 was cut down to 18-18 by the Indonesian, but this time the Indian lifted her game and won the final three points in a row to level the match. With the momentum on her back, Saina cruised through the deciding third game 21-12 to book her place in the quarters, where she will face
In the men’s draw, Parupalli Kashyap, who was making his return to competitive badminton after recovering from a knee injury, lost to Lin Yu Hsien 13-21, 20-22. The first game was one-sided, but Kashyap did put up some fight in the second where he was a point away from winning the game at 20-19. However, the Chinese Taipei shuttler won three points in a row to claim the game and the match.
Later in the day, Sai Praneeth won against the higher-ranked Vincent Wong 21-15, 21-17 to progress to the quarters. Praneeth, who last faced Wong in 2012, won the first game comfortably and came back from a deficit of 2-7 to win the second game. He will now face a much easier opponent in Zhao Jun Peng of China in the quarters.
In the men’s doubles, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy lost a hard-fought battle against Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya 20-22, 19-21 after squandering chances to win both the games.