New Delhi: Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap beat giant-killer Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka in the last 16 stage to reach the quarterfinal of the London Olympics on Wednesday.

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Kashyap won the first set with a score of 21-14, but failed to keep his cool and lost the second set 15-21.

Kashyap grabbed the third set and the game with a score of 21-9.

Earlier, Parupalli Kashyap on Tuesday scored a dominating straight games win over Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen to enter the knock-out stage of singles competition in the Olympics.

The 21st ranked Kashyap outplayed his rival, ranked 11 places above him, 21-9, 21-14 in the second and final Group D match of the men’s singles event.

By virtue of on Tuesday’s win, Kashyap finished on top of Group D, having beaten Belgium’s Tan Yuhan in an earlier game.

Against his higher ranked opponent on Tuesday, Kashyap played aggressively right from the word go and never let the Vietnamese shuttler settle down.

Kashyap set up the points beautifully by opening the court and executed the winners with ease.

In all the Indian took 35 minutes to down his opponent and move to the next stage.

The match featured long rallies with both the players playing some fierce flat shots, but it was the Indian who scored points consistently.

Minh tried to claw his way back in the second game but Kasyhap never let the momentum slip and clinched the issue with a cross-court smash to the left of his rival.


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