Double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and veteran Kidambi Srikanth advanced into the pre-quarterfinals of the Asia Badminton Championship with easy victories on Wednesday. Meanwhile, star shutter Lakshya Sen made a first-round exit.
Commonwealth Games bronze medal-winning women’s doubles pair Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand also made to the last-16.
PV Sindhu dominated Wen Chi Hsu 21-15, 22-20 in a 46-minute encounter in the women’s singles. Trailing 11-14 in the first game, Sindhu, who is on a comeback trail after a long gap due to injury, spun nine points in a row to lead. In the second game, the Taipei shuttler gave some fight but Sindhu dominated. PV Sindhu will face World No 9 Han Yue of China in the pre-quarters.
Former World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth, who took 25 minutes to outplay his first-round competitor Adnan Ebrahim 21-13 21-8, will face world No 5 Kodai Naraoka in the men’s singles last-16 of the Asia Badminton Championship.