India’s top shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma, Kidambi Srikanth cruised to victories in their respective Round 2 matches and booked their quarterfinal berths at the ongoing Singapore Open Super 500 BWF World Tour.
Sindhu who’s not had a great year thus far, made it to her only third quarterfinal appearance of the BWF Tour in 2019 by getting past Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in straight games with a score line of 21-13, 21-19.
The Indian took 40 minutes to defeat her second-round opponent for the second time in 2 weeks after she breezed past her in the India Open, New Delhi, last month. Sindhu now has the best chance to go one step ahead into the semis as she meets a comparatively lower-ranked Yanyan Cai of China in the quarterfinals.
In another Women’s singles second round Saina Nehwal avenged her Malaysia Open defeat against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in a thrilling 3-game encounter, 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 to book her 4th quarterfinal match-up of the season. In the quarters, she will face Nozomu Okuhara of Japan.
In the Men’s singles, it was a mixed day for the Indians as Kidambi Srikanth fended off his Danish opponent Hans-Kristian Vitthingus in straight games 21-12, 23-21 to reach the last eight.
Sameer Verma too made it to the quarter finals after he breezed past his Chinese opponent Lu Guangzu 21-15, 21-18 whereas Parupalli Kashyap succumbed to reigning Olympic champion Chen Long of China 21-9, 15-21, 21-16 to exit from the second round.
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