PV Sindhu: The golden star
The Indian shuttler and two-time Olympic medallist, PV Sindhu yet again proved her world-class performing skills by defeating Aya Ohori of Japan in the opening round with scores of 17-21 21-17 21-17 in one hour ten minutes. Her determination to outwit her contender was even remarkable after her first win as she improvised her game to 11-0 against the Japanese shuttler.
The world No. 7 Sindhu competed against world No. 26 Germany’s Yvonne Li in the second round for the first time. The ever reigning champion, Sindhu defeated her with a clash of 21-12 21-18 in just 37 minutes at the USD 850,000 event. Her dominance was unshakable and so was she firm from the beginning of the match, which enabled her to clinch seven consecutive points at one stage.
After her success in the first two rounds, Sindhu seeded third in the Women’s Singles quarterfinals and will encounter Sim Yujin of South Korea.
The victorious achievers
The world No. 16 Sai Praneeth progressed with his game and claimed victory over France’s World No. 70 Christo Popov in an enervating match with a clash of 21-17 14-21 21-19 in an hour and 23 minutes. He will next compete against Olympic champion Victor Axelsen of Denmark.
However, the former champion Kibambi Srikanth has made an early exit from the Indonesia tournament in the second round on Thursday. He was defeated by Axelsen with a clash of 21-14 21-18 in 37 minutes.
The men’s duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty ranked 11 battled against Korea’s Kand Minhyuk and Seo Seungjae. They claimed 21-15 19-21 23-21 in a gruelling match to enter the last eight. They will further combat against Malaysian duo of Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin.