Singapore Superseries: PV Sindhu sets up quarter-final clash with Carolina Marin; Kidambi Srikanth advances
Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and Srikanth Kidambi advanced to the quarterfinals of the USD 350,000 Singapore Super Series after posting hard-fought victories
Singapore: Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and Srikanth Kidambi advanced to the quarterfinals of the USD 350,000 Singapore Super Series after posting hard-fought victories in the women's and men's singles respectively.
Rio Olympic silver medallist, Sindhu, who clinched the India Open earlier this month, had to toil hard before prevailing 19-21 21-17 21-8 over Indonesian World No. 27 Fitriani Fitriani in a match that lasted an hour at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Sindhu will take on Carolina Marin in the quarter-final on Friday.
Praneeth, who reached the finals at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January, produced a gritty performance to see off China's Qiao Bin 21-15 21-23 21-16 in an hour and 12 minutes.
The World No. 30 Indian Praneeth will clash with eighth-seeded Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand next.
Kidambi staged a brilliant fightback from a game down to beat Ihsan Maulana 18-21, 21-19, 22-20 and will face fifth seed Shi Yuqi of China.
Elsewhere, B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, who reached the finals at Lucknow in January, eked out a thrilling 17-21 21-17 21-16 win over Korean pair of Jae Hwan Kim and Lee So Hee to also reach the quarterfinals.
The Indian pair will take on third-seeded Chinese combo of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong.
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Park also addded that Tai Tzu-ying would be Sindhu's biggest rival at the Olympics.
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu beats Cheung Ngan Yi to enter round of 16; Sai Praneeth ends campaign with a loss
The 26-year-old Indian, who had claimed a silver medal in the last edition in Rio, prevailed over World No 34 Cheung 21-9, 21-16 in a 35-minute match to top the group. This was Sindhu's sixth win over Cheung in as many meetings.