Indian badminton stars PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy advanced to the pre-quarterfinals in the women’s and men’s singles events at the Asian Games. Prannoy, ranked 7th in the world, made a strong comeback after his back injury prevented him from participating in the men’s team championship final against China. He displayed a commanding performance, defeating Batdavaa Munkhbat of Mongolia with scores of 21-9 and 21-12 in just 25 minutes. He will be up against either Jordan’s Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik or Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Panarin.
Sindhu, a former world champion, demonstrated her prowess as she secured a convincing victory of 21-10, 21-15 against the 21st-ranked We Chi Hsu from Chinese Taipei. The previous encounter between Sindhu and Hsu took place at the Asia Badminton Championships in Dubai earlier this month. Sindhu’s upcoming opponents will be either Indonesia’s Putri Kusuma Wardani or Hong Kong‘s Liang Ka Wing.
In the initial game, Sindhu held a 7-5 advantage. Employing precise shots and minimizing errors, she actively participated in rallies. Subsequently, she widened her lead to 11-6 and 15-6.
As for the second game, it was a closely contested battle. Sindhu effectively controlled the length of her shots early on, aiming to keep her opponent positioned at the back court, thus securing a 4-2 lead. However, the Taipei player resiliently stayed in the game, narrowing the gap and executing an angled smash, bringing the score to 8-7.