Sindhu, Praneeth cruise into quarters, Srikanth loses in Indonesia Open | Badminton News

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BALI: Prime Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth progressed to the quarterfinals however former champion Kidambi Srikanth made an early exit within the second spherical of the Indonesia Open Tremendous 1000 event on Thursday.
Two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu hardly broke a sweat to win the second spherical conflict 21-12 21-18 in opposition to world No. 26 Germany’s Yvonne Li in 37 minutes on the $850,000 occasion.
Within the ladies’s singles quarterfinals, the reigning world champion, seeded third, will face South Korea’s Sim Yujin.
Praneeth staved off a spirited combat from France’s world No. 70 Christo Popov, claiming a 21-17 14-21 21-19 win in a gruelling match that lasted an hour and 23 minutes.
The world No. 16 Indian will meet Olympic champion and former world no No. Viktor Axelsen of Denmark subsequent.
The second seeded Axelsen, a world champion, ended the marketing campaign of Srikanth, beating him 21-14 21-18 in 37 minutes.
The sixth seeded males’s pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty additionally survived a scare in opposition to Korea’s Kang Minhyuk and Website positioning Seungjae, prevailing 21-15 19-21 23-21 in an exciting contest to additionally make it to the final eight.
The Indian pair, ranked 11, will sq. off in opposition to Malaysian mixture of Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin.
Up in opposition to Li for the primary time, world No. 7 Sindhu seemed utterly in management from the start.
Such was her dominance that the two-time Olympic medallist took the primary recreation with ease, profitable seven consecutive factors at one stage.
Li made restoration within the second recreation and it was extra evenly contested. However Sindhu continued and didn’t let the German acquire a bonus over her.
Praneeth made begin, leaping to 8-2 lead early on however Popov made it 14-12 after he reeled off seven straight factors simply after the break.
The Indian, nevertheless, held his nerves to pocket the opening recreation.
The second recreation was a good affair as Popov fought arduous and grabbed a slender 11-10 lead on the interval. He moved to 15-14 earlier than sending down six factors on the trot.
Within the decider, Praneeth led 11-7 at one stage however once more a seven-point burst helped Popov flip the tables on his fancied rival. Nonetheless, Praneeth ensured he had the final snigger in the long run.
Within the different second spherical match, Axelsen used the court docket effectively to make Srikanth transfer round. He waited for the Indian to make errors and produced some nice angled returns to bother him.
The end result was that Axelsen led by six factors on the first break. Srikanth fought his means again to 11-14 and 13-16, solely to present it away with a unfastened shot. Ultimately, a pointy return after which Srikanth going to the web gave the opening recreation to Axelsen.
Within the second recreation, Srikanth had a horrible begin, lagging 0-6 however he curtailed his errors to show it round at 11-8 on the interval.
Axelsen, nevertheless, regrouped and confirmed numerous objective as he nosed forward at 14-12 with a smash. Srikanth discovered some good photographs within the nick of time to maneuver to a slender 17-16 lead however once more squandered the chance with a large shot.
He finally despatched one lengthy handy over the match to Axelsen.

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