PV Sindhu, Ki­dambi Srikanth reach quar­ter-fi­nals of China Open

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For­mer cham­pi­ons P V Sindhu and Ki­dambi Srikanth recorded con­trast­ing vic­to­ries to ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals of the China Open World Tour Su­per 750 here on Thurs­day. While Olympic and twotime World Cham­pi­onship sil­ver medal­list, Sindhu stamped her au­thor­ity with a 21-12 21-15 win over Thai­land’s Bu­sanan Ong­bam­rung­phan in the sec­ond round, Srikanth got the bet­ter off In­done­sia’s Tommy Su­gia­rto in a three-game match.

The third seeded In­dian, who had clinched the ti­tle in 2016, will face a tough test against eighth seeded He Bingjiao next. Sindhu lost both the meet­ings against the world no 7 Chi­nese and would be ea­ger to avenge her twin loss to­mor­row. Srikanth, who had skipped the event due to a mus­cle strain last sea­son, man­aged to script a come-frombe­hind 10-21 21-9 21-9 win over Tommy Su­gia­rto in a 45-minute men’s sin­gles match.

The 25- year- old from Gun­tur had won the China Open in 2014, get­ting the bet­ter of the leg­endary Lin Dan of China. Next, he will face Chi­nese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen, who won a sil­ver medal at the Jakarta Asian Games this year.

World No 9 Srikanth has lost to Chen twice in the last three years. The only time he had an up­per hand was at the 2014 Hong Kong Open.

In the women’s sin­gles con­test, Sindhu didn’t give any chance to Bu­sanan to come near her in the first game as she led right from the start and reached 11-4 at the break be­fore slowly ex­tend­ing the ad­van­tage seal the game.

In the sec­ond game, Sindhu had a 4-0 early ad­van­tage but seven straight points helped Bu­sanan to turn the ta­bles and take a 7-4 lead. The In­dian, how­ever, man­aged to wrest an 11-8 lead and kept her nose ahead to quell her ri­val’s chal­lenge.

In the men’s sin­gles, Tommy, son of for­mer world cham­pion Icuk Su­gia­rto, dished out a dom­i­nat­ing game to leave Srikanth to do the catch­ing up act in the open­ing game. The 30year- old In­done­sian grabbed an 11-6 lead at the break and com­fort­ably moved ahead even as the In­dian strug­gled.

Srikanth soon changed his tac­tics in time and looked a dif­fer­ent player in the sec­ond game as he came out with all cylin­ders blaz­ing, mov­ing to a 11-6 lead and then dom­i­nat­ing the pro­ceed­ings com­pletely. The In­dian gave away just three more points while grab­bing the re­main­ing 10 points to roar back into con­test.

Srikanth dom­i­nated the de­cider as well, jump­ing from 7-3 to 13-3 be­fore shut­ting the door on his ri­val with a sim­i­lar 21-9 mar­gin.

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