Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Sindhu, Saina and Srikanth seal quarterfinal spots

SINGAPORE, April 11: The Indian trio of PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth continued their impressive run, progressing to the singles quarterfinals of the $355,000 Singapore Open on Thursday.
The fourth-seeded Sindhu, a Rio Games silver medallist, took 39 minutes to get the better of world number 22 Mia Blichfeldt 21- 13, 21-19, her second straight win over the Danish shuttler, who had clinched the Spain Masters earlier this year.
World number 6 Sindhu will next face China’s Cai Yanyan, a 2017 BWF World Junior Championships bronze medallist.
Sixth seed Srikanth survived a scare in the second game before overcoming Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus 21-12, 23-21 to set up a meeting with top seed Kento Momota of Japan who defeated HS Prannoy 21-11, 21-11.
Sixth seed Saina, however, had to work hard in her bid to avenge a Malaysia Open first-round loss to Pornpawee Chochuwong before pulling off a thrilling 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 win over the Thai shuttler in the second round.
The London Olympic bronze medallist will next square off against second seeded Japanese Nozomi Okuhara. (PTI)