A fortnight after crowning herself the India Open champion, PV Sindhu is on a quest to claim her third Superseries title at the Singapore Open tournament.
PV Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver-medallist reached the last egiht of the Singapore Open Superseries on Thursday. The Indian fifth seed won a tough battle against Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani, winning 19-21, 21-17, 21-8.
Sindhu, who upstaged Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain to claim her maiden India Open Superseries title in New Delhi early this month, lost in the first round of last week’s Malaysia Open Superseries.
However, Sindhu will be facing the Spaniard once again, after Marin defeated Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hsin Lee later on Thursday.
In Singapore, Sindhu took time to settle down and rallied well to eventually take full control of her Indonesian opponent.
Fitriani took the closely-fought first game before Sindhu fought back to win the second and force the decider.
In the decider, the Indian world No 5 took an early lead before racing ahead to 11-4, eventually winning in an hour.
Earlier, in the men’s singles section, India’s B Sai Praneeth defeated China’s Qiao Bin 21-15, 21-23, 21-16 to enter the quarterfinals, where he will face Thailand’s eighth seed, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.
In the lower half of the draw, India’s Kidambi Srikanth will take on Ihsan Maulana Mustofa of Indonesia for a place in the last eight.
Indian mixed doubles pair Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwin Ponnappa also booked a place in the last-eight with a 17-21, 21-17, 21-16 win over South Korean duo Kim Jae Hwan and So Hee Lee.