Sayali and Sindhu faced each other in the last edition of the senior nationals in Srinagar with the former taking the crown after a gruelling encounter and are favourite to clash once again in the summit clash after world number eight Saina Nehwal pulled out of the senior nationals due to illness.
Placed in the top half, seventh seed Sayali took some time to get used to the playing style of former junior national champion Ruth Misha of Karnataka but once the Air India shuttler managed to pocket the first game, she easily sailed through to a 21-19, 21-6 victory.
She will now face 13th seed Aarthi Sara Sunil of Kerala, who defeated Assam's Bornali Konwar 21-13, 21-9.
In the bottom half, Sindhu demolished ninth seed Mudra Dhainje 21-3, 21-7 in just 23 minutes to set up a quarterfinal clash against fifth seed P.C. Thulasi. Thulasi also sailed through the last eight with a 21-7, 21-5 win over 10th seed Jacqueline Rose Kunnath.
Important Results (pre quarters):
Women's singles: 13-Aarti Sara Sunil bt Bornali Konwar 21-13, 21-9; 7-Sayali Gokhale bt Ruth Misha V 21-19, 21-6; 4-Tanvi Lad bt 12-Mohita Sahdev 21-8, 21-8; 5-PC Thulasi bt 10-Jacqueline Rose Kunnath 21-7, 21-5; 3-Arundhati Pantawane bt 14-Neha Pandit 21-16, 21-14; 2-P V Sindhu bt 9-Mudra Dahinje 21-3, 21-7
Men's singles: 1-P Kashyap bt 11-Shubhankar Dey 21-14, 21-13; 7-HS Prannoy bt 14-Abhimanyu Singh 21-14, 21-10;
--IANS (Posted on 21-12-2013)