Sindhu in last-16 as Indians shine

Sindhu in last-16 as Indians shine

Top seed PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after recording a win over Singapore’s Chena Jiayuan on a day that saw three Indians qualifying for the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s singles event in Kuala Lumpur.

Sindhu beat Jiayuan 21-13, 19-21, 21-13 in a match that lasted 47 minutes and will take on Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Making the pre-quarters of the men’s event were RMV Gurusaidutt, Sameer Verma and K Srikanth. Verma defeated Malaysia’s Wei Feng Chong 21-15, 16-21, 21-19 in 55 minutes while Gurusaidutt beat Giap Chin Goh, also from the host country, 21-8, 21-9 in just 26 minutes. Srikanth got the better of Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand 21-9, 21-19 in 36 minutes.

PC Thulasi tasted defeat in the first round of the women’s section, losing to China’s Yao Xue 21-18, 21-5. Also losing was Arundhati Pantawane, who was shown the door by Indonesia’s Maria Febe Kusumastuti 13-21, 21-10, 21-14. Tanvi Lal lost to Japan’s Ito Kana 21-8 21-14.
H S Prannoy, who got a walkover in the first round, lost his second round match to Malaysia’s Zainuddin Iskandar Zulkarnain 15-21, 21-14, 21-15.

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