India’s Ashmita Chaliha stormed into the Women’s Singles semifinals of the Thailand Masters tournament on Friday. World Number 61 Chaliha dished out a brilliant performance as she defeated Ester Nurumi Wardoyo of Indonesia, ranked 44th, in straight games, 21-14 19-21 21-13 in the quarterfinals at Bangkok.
The 24-year-old Chaliha from Assam remains the only Indian in the fray after Mithun Manjunath lost his Men’s Singles quarterfinals while the Women’s Doubles pairs of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand also exited from the Super 300 tournament in the last-eight stage earlier today.
In the Men’s Singles, national champion and World Number 63 Manjunath lost to Dutchman Mark Caljouw 19-21 15-21 in the quarterfinals. Sixth-seeded doubles pair of Treesa and Gayatri suffered a narrow loss to fourth seeds Indonesia’s Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma and Amallia Cahaya Pratiwi 12-21 21-17 21-23 in the last-eight match.