PV Sindhu moves to quarterfinals, Saina Nehwal out of India Open

PV Sindhu and HS Pranoy Roy advanced to the Quater finals whereas Saina Nehwal to step out of India Open.

Two-time Olympic medallist shuttler PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy have made it to the quarterfinals while Saina Nehwal gets knocked out from the Yonex-Sunrise India Open on Thursday. The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, Saina Nehwal was defeated by Malvika Bansod, 17-21, 9-21. Malvika Bansod who is ranked 111, beats the former world champion in just 34 minutes.

On the other hand, PV Sindhu emerged victoriously by beating her compatriot Ira Sharma, 21-10, 21-10. Sindhu is all set to go one on one with her compatriot, Ashmita Chaliha. While Malvika faces Aakarshi Kashyap in the quarterfinals. Earlier in a Women’s singles second-round match, Aakarshi had knocked Keyura Mopatin, 21-10, 21-10.

Prannoy was granted an easy triumph as his rival Mithun Manjunath drew out from the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.

Similarly, Kidambi Srikanth, doubles player Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Rahul Thakar, Treesa Jolly, Simran Aman Singh, and Khushi Gupta are among such players who also could not continue the Tournament due to testing positive for COVID-19, which led to some easy victories.

The winner that will emerge from the second-round clash between third seed Lakshay Sen and Felix Burstedt of Sweden, will face Prannoy. Sameer Verma’s campaign had also come to an end in the Men’s singles after retiring during the mid of his second-round match against Brain Yang of Canada as the player suffers through a calf strain injury.

 

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