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India’s PV Sindhu cruises into quarter-finals in Indonesia Open

PV Sindhu. Photo: BWF

Bali, Nov 25 (MNN) India’s two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu entered the quarter-finals of the women’s singles in Indonesia Open 2021 here on Thursday with a comfortable 21-12, 21-18 win over German shuttler Yvonne Li.

After a tough opening encounter against Japanese shuttler Aya Ohori in her opening clash, PV Sindhu, the reigning world champion, had little trouble dispatching Yvonne Li in her second-round match.

The world number 7 Indian was firmly in control in the first game and seven consecutive points around the midway point helped PV Sindhu take the lead.

The second game proved to be a closer affair, but PV Sindhu stayed on top of her German opponent throughout, before wrapping up the match in straight games within 37 minutes.

In the quarter-finals, PV Sindhu will face South Korean shuttler Sim Yujin, who defeated Spain’s Beatriz Corrales in the round of 16.

Later in the day, India’s Kidambi Srikanth bowed out while B Sai Praneeth entered the quarter-finals in the men’s singles.

Former world number 1 Srikanth was knocked out by Tokyo Olympic champion and second seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark. The Indian lost 21-14, 21-18.

Axelsen’s quarter-final opponent will also be Srikanth’s Indian contemporary B Sai Praneeth, who sealed his last eight spot with a 21-17, 14-21, 21-19 win over Frenchman Christo Popov.

India’s men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, meanwhile, began their campaign with a 21-15, 19-21, 23-21 win over South Korea’s Kang Minhyuk and Seo Seungjae in the second round. Chirag and Satwik had got a walkover in their round 1 match.

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