Bangkok. India’s promising young shuttler Kiran George continued his winning streak at the Thailand Open by defeating China’s Weng Hong Yang in the pre-quarterfinals to enter the quarter-finals of a Super 500 tournament for the first time on Thursday.
George defeated Hong Yang 21-11, 21-19 in the men’s singles competition which lasted just 39 minutes. Yang defeated India’s Kidambi Srikanth in the first round. George will now face France’s Thomas Junior Popov in the quarterfinals.
George made the quarterfinals of a BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament for the first time in his career. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) divides the World Tour into six categories including Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500 and Super 300.
The Super 500 is a Grade-2 tournament in the BWF’s ranking system. Meanwhile, George’s compatriot Ashmita Chaliha crashed out of the tournament after losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin 18-21, 13-21 in the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals. . Lakshya Sen, Saina Nehwal and Satviksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty pair will represent India on court in the matches.