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Madrid Spain Masters: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth enter quarter-finals

Sindhu and Kidambi
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth. (Getty Images)

NEW DELHI, March 30: Ace shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth progressed into the quarter-finals of their respective singles event of the Madrid Spain Masters badminton tournament on Thursday. Both the Indian shuttlers registered straight game wins in their second round matches.
Two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu got the better of Putri Kusuma Wardani of Indonesia 21-16, 21-14 in a contest that lasted a little over half an hour. It is Sindhu’s first quarter-final entry in 2023.
Fifth seed Srikanth defeated compatriot and the 49th ranked Sai Praneeth 21-15, 21-12 in their men’s singles second round match in Madrid.
Second seed Sindhu has been struggling for form this season since returning to action following a long injury lay off. It is the first time in 2023 that the 27-year-old former world champion has crossed the second round.
Sindhu, who has dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since November 2016, will take on 25-year-old Danish Mia Blichfeldt in the last eight stage of the Super 300 tournament.
The World No. 21 Srikanth will have a tough challenge in the last four stages as he faces the top seed Kenta Nishimoto of Japan.
Nishimoto progressed into the quarter-finals after getting a walkover against France’s Arnaud Merkle in their second round encounter.
Kiran George and Priyanshu Rajawat crashed out of the men’s singles event after suffering second round defeats.
While George went down to Denmark’s Magnus Johannesen 17-21, 12-21 in 31 minutes, Rajat was outplayed 14-21, 15-21 by eight seed Toma Junior Popov of France.
Later in the day, Aakarshi Kashyap, Ashmita Chaliha Malvika Bansod and Sameer Verma will play their second round matches.
The men’s and women’s doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila and Sikki Reddy and Arathi Sara Sunil will also be in action.
(ToI With inputs from PTI)

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