The World No. 3 won the contest in straight sets of 21-12 and 21-15 whereas Kidambi had to make a comeback in a three-game thriller
P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth recorded victories to progress into the quarterfinals of the China Open World Tour Super 750 in Fuzhou.
Sindhu, an Olympic and two-time World Championship silver medallist, had a dominating 21-12 21-15 win over Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in straight sets. Srikanth, on the other hand, had to overcome Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in a three-game match.
Clinical Effort from PV Sindhu
In the women’s singles second round, Sindhu put up a clinical effort, seldom giving her Thai opponent any chance to come near her. She was in the lead from the very start and soon reached an 11-4 score at the break. Thereafter, she slowly extended her lead and sealed the game at 21-12.
In the following game as well, Sindhu sustained her subjugation with a 4-0 early lead. However, Busanan put up a spirited show, scalping seven straight points with a 7-4 lead. The commendable effort would have been a harbinger of a fightback, but Sindhu put any of that possibilities to rest with an 11-8 lead.
The former champion, who has clinched the title priorly, in 2016, will have to face a stern challenge in the eighth-seeded He Bingjiao in the next round. Sindhu would be mindful of the fact that she has lost both the meetings against the World No 7. This would be an ideal occasion to defeat the Chinese shuttler, in her home-turf when they meet tomorrow.
Kidambi Srikanth too makes it to the quarters
In the men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth phenomenally registered his victory after putting up a come-back 21-9 21-9 win over Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in a match that lasted over 45-minutes.
Tommy who is a son of the former world champion Icuk Sugiarto posted a dominating game and summoned Srikanth to a comeback.
The 30-year-old Indonesian clinched an early 11-6 lead going into the break. He looked comfortable with his lead even as the Indian struggled. Tommy won the first game
However, Srikanth made a change in his tactics in the nick of time and emerged as a different player in the second game. He swiftly moved to an 11-6 lead of his own and then dominating the proceedings outright.
The Indian went on to concede just three more points while grabbing the 10 points, making for an intriguing finale.
Srikanth was dominant in the decider too, zooming from 7-3 to 13-3 in no time and sealing off the match at 21-9 before his opponent could resurrect into the game.
The 25-year-old, who won the China Open back in 2014, will face Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen. The Taiwanese has won a silver medal at this year’s Jakarta Asian Games.
Srikanth, a World No 9, has lost out to Chen twice in the last three years. A rare occasion when he got the better of Chen was at the 2014 Hong Kong Open.
India’s best shuttler in men’s singles category would be more than eager to make his mark in the competition he had to withdraw from last year as a result of a muscle strain.