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Highlights India Open 2017, badminton scores and updates: PV Sindhu sets up quarterfinal against Saina Nehwal

PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth play their second rounds at the India Open 2017. Follow our live blog for regular scores and updates from all the matches.

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Highlights India Open 2017, badminton scores and updates: PV Sindhu sets up quarterfinal against Saina Nehwal

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Mar 30, 2017 - 22:09 (IST)

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Mar 30, 2017 - 21:51 (IST)

Dream clash indeed! 

Mar 30, 2017 - 21:49 (IST)

BIG QUARTERFINALS ON THE CARDS! 

So we will have three Indians in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Indian Open. Sameer Verma is the last Indian standing in the men's singles after a brilliant performance today. But all eyes will be on the two women PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal who will face off in the quarterfinals on Friday. It promises to be a huge QF day at the Siri fort in New Delhi. Top two seeds Sung Ji Hyun and Carolina Marin will also be in action on Friday. However India's challenge in both men's and women's doubles is over. 

Mar 30, 2017 - 21:37 (IST)

PV Sindhu vs Saina Nehwal. What a quarterfinal! Make a note, ladies and gentleman

Mar 30, 2017 - 21:36 (IST)

THAT'S IT! PV Sindhu beats Japan's Saena Kawakami 21-16, 23-21 to reaqch women's singles quarterfinals at the Indian Open

Mar 30, 2017 - 21:33 (IST)

22-21! Sindhu has another match point. Can she seal the win this time?

Mar 30, 2017 - 21:32 (IST)

Mar 30, 2017 - 21:30 (IST)

19-18! Sindhu has the lead. Can she make the pressure count now? 

Mar 30, 2017 - 21:27 (IST)

15-14! What a game. Sindhu though is trailing to Saena Kawakami in the second game. But it's too close to call at the moment

Mar 30, 2017 - 21:16 (IST)

Saena Kawakami leads PV Sindhu 8-6 in the second game

The Japanese is not going to throw in the towel. She has upped her game and Sindhu is finding it hard to win points. The Indian trails 6-8 in the second game

Preview: Indian shuttlers enjoyed a successful outing at the India Open 2017 badminton tournament on Wednesday with most of them sailing through to the second round.

Sameer Verma created one of the biggest upsets of the day when he stunned World No 5 Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-17, 21-10.

Highlights India Open 2017 badminton scores and updates PV Sindhu sets up quarterfinal against Saina Nehwal

PV Sindhu in action against Arundhati Pantawane in the first round. Twitter: @BAI_media

He found his rhythm early in the first game and did not let the Korean play the attacking strokes that he is known for.

Sameer has now set up a relatively easy clash against Hong Kong's unseeded player Hu Yun in the second round.

"I am just taking one game at a time, and do not want to be complacent about facing an unseeded opponent. I am just looking forward to tomorrow's match," an ecstatic Sameer said after the win.

B Sai Praneeth, who played against Kento Nishimoto of Japan, had to fight it out for three gruelling games before coming out on top.

The 23-yr-old Indian was surprised by the range of strokes that his opponent had, and had to slow down the pace of the game to unsettle Nishimoto.

"Kento is a tricky opponent. He is a really good player and I had to play my best game to win the match. That's how difficult it is to win a Super series game," Praneeth said.

It was however, a routine affair for Kidmabi Srikanth who got the better of his Chinese opponent Jun Peng Zhao 21-19, 21-16 in straight games.

Incidentally, Peng had beaten Srikanth in the opening round of this year's All England Superseries Premier.

Srikanth is expected to face a tough battle in the next round as he will take on top seeded Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

In the women's section, all eyes were on Saina, who is on a comeback spree after a knee injury that she suffered after the Olympics.

The Hyderabadi made short work of Taiwan's Chia Hsin Lee to clinch a 21-10, 21-17 verdict.

With victory in sight right towards the end of the second game, Saina conceded seven soft points, otherwise the margin of win would have been more convincing.

Saina displayed some calculated movements on the court which proved to be too good for the Taiwan girl.

Another Hyderabad girl PV Sindhu brushed aside fellow Indian Arundhati Pantawane 21-17, 21-6.

The third seeded Sindhu proved to be too good for her opponent and did not give her any opening as soon as the second game started.

Earlier in the day, World No 53 Rituparna Das got the better of Taiwan's Mei Hui Chiang, and won 19-21, 21-15, 21-19. She will run into top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in the second round.

With inputs from IANS

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