Pune: Unheralded Guo Xinwa of China caused an upset as he beat sixth seed Kim Moon Jun of Korea 20-22, 21-17, 21-14 to make it to the round of 16 at the Yonex Sunrise India Junior Grand Prix being played at the PDMBA courts on Friday.
Indians had a mixed day with as many as 6 of them making it to the Round of 16 of the tournament, which is also known as Chipalkatti Memorial tournament.
Kartikey Kumar, the highest ranked Indian alongwith Jashwanth Dandu, Orijit Chaliha and Arintap Dasgupta recorded indifferent wins to make it to the next round.
In the women’s singles, second seeded Aakarshi Kashyap and top seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand too made it to the next round. The Thai girl got a walkover for the next round, while Aakarshi overcame Samiya Farooqui 21-9, 18-21, 21-18 in a battle that lasted for almost an hour.
Earlier, Gou Xinva made most of his opportunities as he overcame his much fancied opponent from China in an hour long tie. He made good use of the drops and tosses, making Kim take extra efforts to earn each point. The Chinese, who started bit slowly, losing the first game-made amends in the second game to win in 21-17 with relative ease. He then took control in the decider, clinching first 6 points to get early lead, which he never relinquished.
Orijit Chaliha gave the home crowd something to cheer as he downed fourth seed Saran Jamri of Thailand in a neck to neck contest. The Thai lad took the first game owing to some unforced errors from Orijit.
Orijit though stepped up in the second game to get back on level terms.
In an all important decided, Orijit breezed past his opponent in the third game as he made his opponent run all-over the court and streching his advante to eventually take the third game and match 21-15.