On Wednesday Parupalli Kashyap became the first Indian shuttler to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympics after defeating Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne. Kashyap had to fight it out on court with the player who is ranked 27 places below him. The pre-quarter final match lasted well over an hour before Kashyap finally prevailed 21-14, 15-21, 21-9.
The match witnessed several long rallies and the Indian shuttler was forced to work hard for every point. The Sri Lankan displayed excellent retrieving power which compelled Kashyap to apply all his craft on the court. In the first game Niluka took a 7-4 lead but Kashyap measured his opponent quickly by first narrowing the gap and then taking a six point lead for 17-11. Kashyap displayed excellent cross-court shots and drops. He sealed the first game to 14 with a powerful smash.