Australia Superseries: Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth win to set up all-Indian quarter-final showdown
While Kidambi Srikanth got the better of Son Wan Ho, B Sai Praneeth also entered the quarter-finals with a win over China's Huang Yuxiang.
For the second time in six days, India’s Kidambi Srikanth got the better of Son Wan Ho, beating the World No 1 shuttler 15-21, 21-13, 21-13 in the second round of the Australian Open Superseries.
The Indian shuttler, who had defeated the top-ranked South Korean in the semi-final of the Indonesia Superseries Premier event on Saturday, entered the quarter-final of the Australian Open with his win on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Srikanth’s compatriot B Sai Praneeth also entered the quarter-finals with a 21-15, 18-21, 21-13 win over China's Huang Yuxiang.
The 24-year-old Praneeth gave a defensive masterclass against the Chinese shuttler, with his net shots playing a decisive role in the deciding game.
The Indonesia Open winner had lost the first game to Son, but rallied back into the match with multiple mid-air drives from the forecourt to clinch the second game.
The third game saw more of the same from Srikanth as he took an 8-5 lead at one point before racing to a 21-13 victory over Son.
Srikanth and Praneeth will face each other once again just months after crossing swords in the final of Singapore Open in April.
The 26-year-old Indian, who won a silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics, defended brilliantly and rode on her attack to outclass the fourth seeded Yamaguchi 21-13 22-20 in a 56-minute quarterfinal clash at the Musashino Forest Plaza here.
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