Hylo Open: Malvika Bansod beats Kristy Gilmour in straight-game, advances to quarterfinals

Malvika Bansod sailed into the quarterfinals of the Hylo Open with a straight-game win over world no. 18 Kristy Gilmour here on Thursday.

World no. 39, Malvika is India’s third-highest-ranked shuttler in women’s singles behind world no. 6 P.V. Sindhu and world no. 31 Saina Nehwal.

In the first game, after trailing initially 8-13, Malvika upped the ante and went on to win 24-22 against Gilmour.

Going into the second game, the 21-year-old looked unstoppable as she sealed the contest 19-7 and cruised into the quarterfinals after Gilmour retired hurt.

This is Malvika’s second win over a higher-ranked shuttler. In January, at the India Open, she beat Saina Nehwal but lost to P.V. Sindhu in the final.

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