Pornpawee provides an upset for the ages

Pornpawee provides an upset for the ages

Pornpawee Chochuwong will play third seed Chen Yufei. 
Pornpawee Chochuwong will play third seed Chen Yufei. 

Pornpawee Chochuwong stunned world champion Pusarla V Sindhu to book her place in the women's singles quarter-finals of the US$1 million China Open in Changzhou on Thursday.

The 15th-ranked Thai fought back after dropping the first game to knock out world No.5 Sindhu from India 12-21, 21-13, 21-19 to join sixth seeded compatriot Ratchanok Intanon in the last eight of the BWF World Tour Super 1000 event.

Earlier, Ratchanok eased past home hope Chen Xiaoxin 21-14, 21-11 in their second round match.

Pornpawee will take on third seed Chen Yufei of China in Friday's quarter-finals, while Ratchanok will meet Japan's Sayaka Takahashi.

Chen avoided an upset at the hands of South Korean teenager An Se-Young, coming from behind to win their last 16 round encounter 20-22, 21-17, 21-15.

Busanan Ongbamrungphan, the other Thai player in the women's singles competition, was due to play Kim Ga-Eun of South Korea in a late match on Thursday night.

In her first tournament back after a knee injury sustained during the Indonesia Masters final in January, defending champion Carolina Marin of Spain defeated Zhang Beiwen of the United States 21-17, 21-12 to progress to the quarter-finals.

Marin will play China's He Bingjiao in the last eight after the seventh seed defeated Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea in straight games 21-15, 21-11.

Also advancing were Thai mixed doubles stars Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

The fourth seeded duo survived a scare to defeat Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich of Germany 19-21, 21-10, 21-11.

They will play Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai of Malaysia for a place in the last four.

Dechapol and Sapsiree were silver medallists at the world championships in Basel, Switzerland, last month.

Sapsiree was unable to complete a double. She and playing partner Puttita Supajirakul lost their women's doubles second round match against Kim So-Yeong and Kong Hee-Yong of South Korea 13-21, 13-21.


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