World No. 85 Manjunath took 40 minutes to overcome Cheam 21-11 21-18 and book a meeting with Priyanshu Rajawat.
Unseeded Mithun Manjunath shocked seventh seed June Wei Cheam of Malaysia in straight games to storm into the men’s singles quarterfinals of the 2022 Odisha Open on Thursday. World No. 85 Manjunath took 40 minutes to overcome Cheam 21-11 21-18 and book a meeting with Priyanshu Rajawat. Cheam fought hard towards the end of the match but Mithun hung on to his early lead and won the match in straight games.
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Mithun maintained his tempo throughout the match. The Karnataka-man , who won the All India Senior Rankings tournament last month in Hyderabad, looked in control against the higher-ranked opponent.
Third seeded Indian Subhankar Dey, who had defeated sixth seed Xiaodong Sheng of Canada on Wednesday also reached the last 8 with a 21-16, 21-14 win over compatriot Rahul Yadav Chittaboina. Kiran George also moved to the men’s singles quarterfinal with a comfortable 21-12 21-13 win over compatriot Chirag Sen. Subhankar will play George in the next round.
The 20-year-old Bansod, who had lost to PV Sindhu in the final of the Syed Modi International last week before defeating her idol Saina Nehwal at the India Open earlier this month, will take on the winner of the second clash between Tanya Hemanth and Vijetha Harish.
Fifth seed Ashmita Chaliha also booked a quarterfinal spot as she got the better of compatriot Anupama Upadhyay 21-17, 21-16. She will now take on Rucha Sawant, who defeated Nikki Rapria to reach the final eight.