Malaysia Masters: Treesa & Gayatri move up

Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly
Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly progressed to the pre-quarterfinals. File photo: IANS

Kuala Lumpur: Indian shuttlers Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand progressed to the pre-quarterfinals of the women's doubles competition after securing a straight-game win over Chinese Taipei's Huang Yu-Hsun and Liang Ting Yu at the Malaysia Masters Super 500 here on Tuesday.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Treesa and Gayatri, seeded seventh, notched up a 21-14, 21-10 win over Huang and Liang, ranked 104, in the round of 32.

Palak Arora and Unnati Hooda lost 10-21, 5-21 to Chinese Taipei's Hsu Yin-Hui and Lin Jhij Yun ain another women's doubles match.

There were four Indians in men's singles qualification round but none could make it to the main draw.

Sathish Kumar Karunakaran, who won his maiden BWF Super 100 title at Odisha Masters last December, beat Malaysia's Cheam June Wei 21-15, 21-19 before going down 21-13, 20-22, 13-21 to Indonesia's Shesar Hiren Rhustavito.

Ayush Shetty, a bronze medallist at the World Junior Championships, beat compatriot Kartikey Gulshan Kumar 21-7, 21-14, but lost 21-23, 21-16, 17-21 to Thailand's Panitchaphon Teeraratsakul.

Former World Junior Championships silver medallist S Sankar Subramanian suffered 12-21, 17-21 loss at the hands of Rhustavito in the opening round of qualification.

In women's singles qualifiers, Tanya Hemanth went down 21-23, 8-21 to Lin Sih Yun of Chinese Taipei.

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