China Open 2018: PV Sindhu powers past Japan's Saena Kawakami in straight games to enter pre-quarter-finals
Olympic and World Championship silver-medallist PV Sindhu on Tuesday progressed to the pre-quarterfinals of the USD one million China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament.
Changzhou: Olympic and World Championship silver-medallist PV Sindhu on Tuesday progressed to the pre-quarterfinals of the USD one million China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament.
The third-seeded Indian defeated World No 39 Saena Kawakami of Japan 21-15, 21-13 in the opening round at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium.
The match started out as a close contest with Sindhu and Saena before the Indian broke off to grab a 13-7 lead at one stage. She kept dominating the rallies and pocketed the opening game without much trouble.
In the second game, Sindhu zoomed to a 6-0 lead but Saena managed to make it 8-10 before the Indian entered the interval with a slender 11-9 lead.
After the break, Sindhu jumped to 15-11 before grabbing eight match points at 20-12 and sealed it comfortably.
Extra cash includes 71 million euros more for the Paralympics, 12 million for "sports equipment", 15 million for regional "redevelopment projects" and eight million for anti-doping.
Bhagat won his fourth world title in the men's singles SL3 class in Tokyo last month and will hope to win a fifth like Chinese badminton legend Lin Dan besides winning gold at the 2024 Paris Games.
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