All England Open 2021: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen into quarters; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa lose

Sindhu, the reigning world champion, recorded a dominant 21-8, 21-8 win over Denmark's Line Christophersen in a completely lop-sided second-round match.

Press Trust of India March 18, 2021 18:57:13 IST
All England Open 2021: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen into quarters; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa lose

File image of PV Sindhu. AFP

Birmingham: Lakshya Sen on Thursday became the youngest Indian male shuttler to reach the All England Championship quarter-finals, where Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu joined him with an easy win at the Super 1000 tournament.

Sindhu, the reigning world champion, recorded a dominant 21-8, 21-8 win over Denmark's Line Christophersen in a completely lop-sided second-round match.

Earlier, the 19-year-old Lakshya from Almora, who had claimed five titles in 2019, saw off France's Thomas Rouxel 21-18, 21-16 to make it to his maiden quarter-finals.

However, it was curtains for HS Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth after the duo went down in the men's singles second round on Thursday.

Lakshya, who had claimed the Asian Junior Championships title, the World Junior championships bronze and Youth Olympics Games silver in 2018, will next face Netherland's world no 36 Mark Caljouw.

Sindhu will take on Japan's third seed Akane Yamaguchi.

In the men's singles, Prannoy, a former top 10 player couldn't find his way across world number 1 Kento Momota, the Japanese playing his first event since a horrific accident that saw him undergo an eye surgery last year.

The Indian lost 15-21, 14-21 in a 48-minute match to bow out of the competition.

Olympic hopeful Praneeth then squandered a first-game advantage, losing 21-15, 12-21, 12-21 to second seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

Also ousted from the tournament was the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, who lost 19-21, 9-21 to Japanese duo of Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo in the opening round.

Sindhu came out will all cylinders blazing, zooming into the interval with a massive 10-point lead at 11-1 in just 4 minutes. The Indian then moved to 16-4 and soon sealed the opening game without much effort.

In the second game, Sindhu opened up a 6-4 lead before entering the break with a seven-point advantage.

The Indian conceded three points after the interval before reeling off the remaining 10 points as Line could just watch at the other end.

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