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Sindhu sails into quarter-finals, Prannoy causes biggest upset in Indonesia Masters

PV Sindhu. Photo: BWF

Bali, Nov 18 (MNN) Reigning world champion PV Sindhu came back from a game down to advance to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles event at the Indonesia Masters 2021 badminton in Bali on Thursday.

The third seed beat Spain’s Clara Azurmendi 17-21, 21-7, 21-12 in the second round to set up a clash with Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit for a place in the semis.

Later, 2014 Indonesia Masters winner HS Prannoy pulled off the biggest upset of the day, beating Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 14-21, 21-19, 21-16. He will now face compatriot and former world number 1 Kidambi Srikanth in the quarter-finals.

Srikanth also came from a game down to beat 2018 Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia 13-21, 21-18, 21-15 in the men’s singles.

N Sikki Reddy bowed out of the women’s doubles alongside two-time Olympian Ashwini Ponnappa as the pair went down 21-18, 21-12 to Thai third seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.

Promising youngster Lakshya Sen was knocked out of the Indonesia Masters after he fell to top seed Kento Momota of Japan 21-13, 21-19.

In the mixed doubles, Dhruv Kapila and N Sikki Reddy also bowed out after losing 15-21, 23-21, 18-21 to Thai team Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran.

The Indian pair had beaten second seeds and home favourites Praveen Jordan and Melati Oktavianti in the previous round but could not sustain that winning run despite a tough fight.

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