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Manorama World Senior Badminton: Sanave-Rupesh, Diju-Vidyadhar enter quarters

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Manorama World Senior Badminton: Sanave-Rupesh, Diju- Vidyadhar enter quarters Top seeds Sanave Thomas, right, and Rupesh Kumar, second right, sailed past the Swiss pair of Philippe Gabella and Rafael Leenhardt. Josekutty Panackal

Kochi: Indian duo of Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar registered a victory over Switzerland's Philippe Gabella and Raphael Lienhard to cruise into the quarterfinals of BWF Manorama World Senior Badminton here Thursday.

The top seeded pair, touted as firm favorites to lift the men's double title in the +35 category made short work of the Swiss pair 21-7, 21-10 to stay on course for their maiden Masters title.

They will meet the Danish pair of Lars Klintrup and Morten Rasmussen in the last eight stage.

Second seeded Indian pair of V. Diju and J.B.S. Vidhyadhar also kept their hopes alive as they got past the English-Japanese pair of Rudy Sototo and Ryo Tazo 21-11, 21-11 to qualify for the quarterfinals in the +35 category.

They will play the Japanese pair of Masaharu Okawara and Kyohei Sato in the next encounter.

In the +55 men's singles category, one of the tournament favorites Harjit Singh made a stunning comeback to register a hard fought victory 14-21, 21-12, 21-9 over Fred Fiebeg of Germany to book a spot in the quarterfinals.

He will take on Bengt Mellquist of Sweden in his next match.

Basant Kumar Soni also advanced to the quarterfinals in +55 men's singles competition with a commanding 21-3, 21-8 victory over Wiwat Traisilpwissarut of Thailand. He will face Heinz Josef Roesch of Germany in the last eight encounter.

Vijay Sharma inched a step closer to the podium as he pulled off an upset victory over Justin Andrews of England 21-16, 21-15 to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Masters championship. He will be up against Ulf Svensson of Sweden in the next round.

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