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Sindhu beats Ira Sharma, sails into quarter-finals at India Open

PV Sindhu beat Ira Sharma to sail into quarter-finals at India Open in New Delhi on January 13, 2022. Photo: BAi
PV Sindhu beat Ira Sharma to sail into quarter-finals at India Open in New Delhi on January 13, 2022. Photo: BAi

New Delhi, Jan 13 (MNN) Former world champion PV Sindhu went through to the quarter-finals of women’s singles in India Open 2022 here on Thursday as she beat youngster Ira Sharma 21-10, 21-10 in round of 16.

The match at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall was competitive in the opening stages as Ira kept pace with Sindhu, even taking the lead at one point. However, at 7-7, Sindhu surged ahead, never to concede her points lead.

The second game was much more straightforward as the two-time Olympic medallist raced to a 14-4 lead before Ira pulled back a few points. However, no comeback was forthcoming as the world number 7 wrapped up an easy victory.

Sindhu’s next opponent is the impressive Ashmita Chaliha, who beat Frenchwoman Yaelle Hoyaux 21-17, 21-14 in the second round.

Ashmita, the 2019 South Asian Games champion, had stunned fifth seed Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the opening round.

Meanwhile, world number 25 Sameer Verma was forced to retire with a calf strain while trailing 4-2 against Canada’s Brian Yang.

Youngster Malvika Bansod went through to the quarter-finals after a 21-17, 21-9 win over London 2012 bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal.

Saina had won her first round clash after her opponent retired midway. The former world number 1 also made a comeback after a few months out due to injury and is not fully fit yet.

World championships bronze-medallist Lakshya Sen beat Sweden’s Felix Burestedt 21-12, 21-15 while Olympian pair Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy defeated Shyam Prasad and S Sunjith 21-9, 21-18.

World champion Loh Kean Yew also advanced to the last eight with a 21-12, 21-12 win over Soong Joo Ven.

Veterans Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan progressed after beating Bhaskar Chakraborty and Kapil Chaudhary 21-17, 21-9.

Srikanth back in top 10 in BWF badminton rankings, Sindhu at number 7

India Open: Saina Nehwal sails in second round after opponent retires

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