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Sindhu, Srikanth storm into Malaysia Masters pre-quarterfinals with comfortable wins

Penang, Malaysia: Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and K Srikanth stormed into the pre-quarterfinals of the $120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold with easy victories as they made a rousing start to the new season in Penang on Wednesday.

Two-time World Championship bronze-medallist, Sindhu, seeded third, thrashed Switzerland's Sabrina Jaquet 21-17 21-16 in a women's singles first round contest that lasted 33 minutes to advance the to pre-quarterfinals.

Srikanth, seeded second in the tournament, first brushed aside Malaysia's Wei Feng Chong 21-17 21-11 in his opening men's singles match before notching up another comfortable 21-16 21-15 win against Christie Jonatan of Indonesia to make it to the round of 16.

File photo of PV Sindhu. AFP

File photo of PV Sindhu. AFP

10th seed Ajay Jayaram also joined Srikanth in the pre-quarterfinals after two straight-set victories. He first sent packing Japan's Takuma Ueda 21-19 21-11 in his opening round match before defeating Petr Koukal of Czech Republic 21-17 21-17 in the second match of the day.

B Sai Praneeth, however, failed to get past the second round as he lost to third seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 14-21 21-10 18-21. The Indian had beaten Malaysia's Shahzan Shah Misfahul 21-13 21-15 in his opening round match.

Another Indian, Sameer Verma also began with a win as he stunned Japan's Sho Sasaki, seeded 12th, 21-18 21-18 but crashed out of the tournament after losing to Huat Soon Goh of Malaysia 21-7 13-21 16-21 in the second round.

New kid on the block, Subhankar Dey, too, notched up a 21-19 21-16 win over Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen in a men's singles first round match.

The Indian women's pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also notched up a win over Malaysian duo of Mei Kuan Chow and Lee Meng Yean 21-14 14-21 25-23 to make their way into the women's doubles pre-quarterfinals.

A little over two weeks after their stints at the Premier Badminton League, Indian shuttlers rushed to participate in the first Grand Prix Gold event of the season and it was a fruitful outing for them today.


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