BASEL: Defending champion Saina Nehwal remained the lone bright spot for India as all her compatriots took the exit route, in the pre-quarterfinal stage, from the USD 125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold on Thursday.

Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy and PV Sindhu lost their respective matches at St. Jakobshalle in the tier three tournament.

Women's singles top seed Saina had a pretty easy outing against Petya Nedelcheva of Bulgaria as the Indian won 21-15, 21-10 in half an hour to take a 6-2 lead in career head-to-head. Saina, who on Thursday reclaimed World No. 2, will next face Chinese Taipei's sixth seed Tzu Ying Tai in the quarterfinal.

Though the Hyderabadi has a 4-2 lead in career meetings over Tzu, but importantly the Taipei player has won the last two encounters including this year's Malaysia Open semifinal when Tzu beat Saina in straight games.

Meanwhile, London Olympics quarterfinalist Parupalli Kashyap suffered a shock loss against old nemesis in the men's singles third round.

On the day he reached his career-best ranking of World No. 7, Kashyap went down to Malaysian ninth seed Wei Feng Chong 21-18, 7-21, 16-21 in 55 minutes.

(Agencies)

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