WUHAN (CHINA), April 23 (PTI): World No. 1 Saina Nehwal started her campaign with a hard-fought win, while PV Sindhu too continued her rampaging run but it was curtains for top men�s shuttler Parupalli Kashyap at the USD 200,000 Badminton Asia Championship here today.
Olympic bronze-medallist, Saina, who got a bye and a walkover in the first two rounds, was off the blocks with a 21-14, 10-21, 21-10 win over Japan�s Nozomi Okuhara in a women�s singles match that lasted for an hour and seven minutes.
The Indian will next take on fifth seed Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei.
Eighth seed Sindhu, a two-time bronze winner at the World Championships, set up a clash with top seed Li Xuerui of China in the quarterfinals after brushing aside Macau�s Teng Iok U 21-8, 21-9 in another women�s singles match at the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium.
However, Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap, who had played a long match yesterday against Chinese Taipei�s Jen Hao Hsu, could not continue his winning run as his gallant fight ended with a 23-21, 17-21, 8-21 loss to seventh seed Zhengming Wang of China.