Young shuttlers K Srikanth and HS Prannoy advanced to the quarterfinals of men’s singles competition in the Japan Open with superb wins but it was curtains for teen sensation PV Sindhu at the $200,000 Super Series event in Tokyo.
World No 56 Prannoy punched above his weight, surpassing Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen, ranked ninth, 21-14, 13-21, 21-17 in a 53-minute match. Srikanth defeated Japan’s Kazuteru Kozai 21-12, 21-16 in just over half an hour in another men’s singles match.
However, it was end of the road for Sindhu as the eighth-seeded Indian lost 6-21 17-21 to local shuttler Akane Yamaguchi in a 32-minute women’s singles match at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy B also could not get across the more experienced combo of 4th seeded Chinese Xiaolong Liu and Zihan Qiu and lost 17-21, 16-21.
Sindhu out of top 10
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal remained at number four but Sindhu lost two places to crash out of the top 10 list in the latest Badminton World Federation ranking.
Yuki enters quarters
Kaohsiung (Taiwan): Yuki Bhambri avenged his two previous defeats against Yuichi Sugita beating him in straight sets to move to the singles quarter-finals of the ATP Challenger event here.
Yuki, who had qualified for the singles main draw, edged past his seventh seed rival 7-6 (5) 7-5 in the second round of the USD 125,000 hard court event.
‘No rich tradition’
New Delhi: Eight-time world champion Pankaj Advani hoped that snooker would be able to emulate the success of billiards in the country and add to its rich tradition when the World Snooker Indian Open kicks off here from next month.
“We have a long and rich tradition of billiards in our country. But in snooker, we don’t have that tradition. The Indian Open is a dream come true for all of us and will give a boost to snooker in the country,” he said.
Chitra bags gold
Kozhikode: Kerala’s PU Chitra clocked 10 minutes 05.22 seconds to clinch the gold medal in 3000 metres in the first Asian school track and field championship at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.