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PV Sindhu beats Yip Pui Yin, enters quarterfinals of Thailand Open badminton

PV Sindhu defeated Yip Pui Yin to reach the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open badminton tournament on Thursday.

other sports Updated: Jul 12, 2018 19:23 IST
PV Sindhu,Yip Pui Yin,Thailand Open
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu in action against Yip Pui Yin in the Thailand Open badminton tournament on Thursday.(AFP)

Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu was the only bright spot on a dismal day for Indian badminton as she progressed to the quarterfinals with a straight-game win at the USD 350,000 Thailand Open World Super 500 tournament in Bangkok on Thursday.

On a day when rest of the Indian shuttlers found the going tough, world no 3 Sindhu, who clinched the silver medal at Commonwealth Games, continued her impressive run with a 21-16 21-14 win over Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin to set up a fight with USA’s Soniia Cheah tomorrow.

2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap put up a brave fight before going down 18-21 21-18 19-21 to Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama, while fourth seed H S Prannoy also went down 18-21 14-21 to Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro to crash out of the tournament.

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Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also played some good badminton but couldn’t get past Japanese world no 16 pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe, going down 24-22 13-21 19-21 in an hour and six minutes.

Mixed doubles Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also lost 11-21 16-21 to Japanese combo of Yuki Kaneko and Mayu Matsumoto.

In a 37-minute women’s singles match, Sindhu never looked in danger as she lead 7-3 at one stage in the opening game and extended the advantage to 14-7 and 19-11. Pui Yin tried to make a comeback and narrowed the deficit to 16-19 before the Indian zoomed ahead to pocket the first game.

In the second game, Sindhu opened up a 8-4 advantage and once again Pui Yin came close with three straight points but the Indian jumped to 12-7 lead and eventually shut the door on her opponent comfortably.

First Published: Jul 12, 2018 19:23 IST