Okuhara comes unstuck

Second seed Nozomi Okuhara was the biggest casualty at the Singapore Open on Thursday, beaten in straight games by unseeded Chinese shuttler Sun Yu.

Sun found herself trailing 6-12 in the first game but totally turned the tables from there.

After wrapping up the first game, she led from start to finish in the second to notch up a 21-16, 21-11 victory in just 46 minutes.

Sun will next try and topple sixth seed Sunh Ji Hyun in the quarter-finals.

Top seed Carolina Marin of Spain kept her Singapore hopes alive with a 21-19, 21-15 victory over Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol.

She moves on to face eighth seed Akane Yamaguchi, after the Japanese shuttler defeated Canada’s Michelle Li 21-12, 19-21, 21-8.

Also advancing was third seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, after topping Hsu Ya Ching 21-16, 21-19.

She will meet countrywoman Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the last eight, after the unseeded player upset Chinese fifth seed Wang Yihan 21-15, 21-15.

There were also wins for Beiwan Zhang of the United States and China’s He Bingjiao.

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