China Masters: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth enter quarter-finals

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first_imgPV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth made their way into the quarter-finals of China Open Super 750 quite comfortably on Thursday with victories over Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan and Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, respectively.While Sindhu advanced with a straight games victory, Srikanth took a while to get into his groove but completely dominated Sugiarto once he got the hang of the court.Sindhu and Srikanth are India’s only hopes in singles after Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy and HS Prannoy crashed out of women’s singles and men’s singles, respectively, on Wednesday. Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth pulled out of the tournament to take rest.Sindhu will next take on China’s He Bingjiao, who beat Canada’s Michelle Li 18-21, 21-13, 21-18. Sindhu recently lost to Bingjiao in the French Open quarter-finals.Srikanth will Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen in the quarter-finals, who earlier beat Malaysia’s Daren Liew 21-15, 21-19. Srikanth has lost the last two matches he has played against Chou.The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also advanced to the quaeter-finals with a come from behind win against Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pangkaryanira and Ade Yusuf Santoso of Indonesia.Satwik-Chirag started on a shaky note but held on and played smartly second game onwards to forge a 16-21, 21-14, 21-15 victory.They will next be up against another Indonesian pair but will have a far more difficult task ahead with Ahsan and Setiawan to compete against.PV Sindhu was at her dominant best against Ongbamrungphan on Thursday as she did not allow the Thai to take any charge in the match-up and absolutely raced away to a 21-12, 21-15 win.advertisementSindhu through to the Quarters of China [email protected] beats her opponent,’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan rather easily 21-12; 21-15 to make it to the QF of #FuzhouChinaOpenSuper750. Keep the going, girl! #IndiaontheRise #badminton #Sindhu Media (@BAI_Media) November 8, 2018Sindhu was able to execute her attacking style of play against Ongbamrungphan even as the Thai kept trying to retrieve and get Sindhu towards the net.Recently, Sindhu has shown good improvement in varying the pace and style of game when her opponents are trying to drag her to the front and the world No.2 was able to stick to her plans against the Thai.After taking the first game comfortably, Ongbamrungphan had a brief moment where she took a two-point lead over Sindhu but it was never a worry for the Indian as she kept to her game and won the match in 37 minutes.SRIKANTH BRINGS UP COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN China Masters: Kidambi Srikanth rallied from behind to outclass Tommy Sugiarto. (Reuters Photo)Kidambi Srikanth is known to be a slow starter and sometimes, he takes it a bit too seriously. Srikanth had to fight from a game down against Sugiarto to win 10-21, 21-9, 21-9 and enter the quarters.Sugiarto took early control of the match as Srikanth took time to settle into the court and the environment. By the time, Srikanth began to find his strokes, Sugiarto was high on momentum and had no trouble whatsoever in taking the first game 21-10.However, it was from the second game onwards that the Chinese crowd saw the dominant Srikanth that had won the China Open in 2015.The final two games of the match were all about Srikanth as Sugiarto struggled to keep pace with the Indian and match the aggressiveness that Srikanth brought along.Sugiarto had won 21 points in the first game but in the next two games combined, he could bring up just 18 points as Srikanth thrashed the Indonesian in 45 minutes.last_img

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