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PV Sindhu cruises into second round at India Open

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu eased into the second round of the women’s singles of India Open 2022 that began in New Delhi on Tuesday
Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu eased into the second round of the women’s singles of India Open 2022 that began in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: IOC

New Delhi, Jan 11 (MNN) Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu eased into the second round of the women’s singles of India Open 2022 that began here on Tuesday.

PV Sindhu beat compatriot Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli 21-5, 21-16 in just 27 minutes at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall and will next face either Ira Sharma or Doha Hany in the round of 16.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Ashmita Chaliha – the 2019 South Asian Games champion – caused an upset on the opening day after overcoming fifth seed Evgeniya Kosetskaya of the National Badminton Federation of Russia 24-22, 21-16.

Kosetskaya is ranked world number 28, 58 places above Ashmita Chaliha in the world rankings. The Indian will play Yaelle Hoyaux next.

“I haven’t played a lot of matches in the last few years. So, I was nervous and that affected me midway in the opening game. But once I won the first game, I was more confident and so I was relaxed in the second game,” Ashmita Chaliha said after the match.

Indonesian veterans Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, the top seeds in the men’s doubles, also advanced to the next round after beating Prem Chouhan and Rajesh Verma 21-18, 21-10.

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