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Sindhu upsets Wang in badminton worlds

August 8, 2013

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Upcoming Indian player P.V. Sindhu on Thursday defeated the defending champion, second-seeded Wang Yihan of China, to enter the women’s quarterfinals at the Badminton world championships.

The 18-year-old, 10th-seeded Sindhu won 21-18, 23-21 in 55 minutes to set up a meeting with seventh-seeded Chinese player Wang Shixian.

In another upset, unseeded Carolina Marin of Spain defeated fifth-seeded Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea, 13-21, 21-13, 22-20 in a tough 75-minute battle.

Sindhu’s compatriot, third-seeded Saina Nehwal, also advanced with a hard-fought 18-21, 21-16, 21-14 victory over Thai player Porntip Buranaprasertsuk.

Top-seeded Li Xuerui of China and fourth-seeded Thai player Ratchanok Intanon were among the others to make the last eight.

There were some surprises in the men’s competition as well.

India’s Parupalli Kashyap, seeded 13th, defeated sixth-seeded Yun Hu of Hong Kong while ninth-seeded Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark knocked out fourth-seeded Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.

However, top-seeded Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, second-seeded Chen Long of China and defending champion Lin Dan, also of China, won their third-round matches in straight games.

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