Thailand Open: PV Sindhu saves India’s blushes

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PV Sindhu saved the blushes for India even as the rest of the squad fell by the wayside in the second round of the Thailand Open BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament in Bangkok on Thursday.

Sindhu made short work of Pui Yin Yip of Hong Kong in straight games 21-16, 21-14. In the quarters, Sindhu will square up against Sonia Cheah. This would be the first meeting between the world No.3 Indian and the world No.35 Malaysia. With other top shuttlers drawn in the upper half, Sindhu is expected to reach the final easily.

From the top-half of the draw, Japanese shuttlers Akane Yamaguchi, Nozomi Okuhara and Aya Ohori made it to the last eight stage along with Beiwan Zhang of United States of America.

Earlier, Indian campaign came to an end in men’s singles and doubles categories.

Fourth seed HS Prannoy suffered a straight game defeat against seasoned campaigner Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia 18-21, 14-21. Leading 18-16 in the first game, Prannoy surrendered the advantage to Kuncoro, allowing the Indonesian to secure five straight points.

Praupalli Kashyap went down fighting against Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan 21-18, 18-21, 19-21. In the keenly-contested tie, Kashyap was unable to score the big points when he was leading 19-18 in the third game.

Men’s doubles duo of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy fought hard for one hour and six minutes before going down to Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanbe 24-22, 13-21, 19-21. In mixed doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy lost to Yuki Kaneko and Mayu Matsumoto of Japan in straight games 11-21, 16-21.

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