PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth enter Malaysia Masters pre-quarterfinals | Badminton News

NEW DELHI: Star Indian shuttles PV Sindhu And Kidambi Srikanth recorded contrasting victories in their respective first-round encounters, securing their place in the pre-quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
Sixth-seeded Sindhu faced a tough battle against the Danes Line Christophersonultimately triumphing in a grueling one hour and two minute encounter.
The two-time Olympic medalist prevailed with a 21-13, 17-21, 21-18 victory, maintaining her dominance over the 33rd-ranked Dane, whom she had beaten four times previously.
Sindhu, currently ranked 13th in the world, will now face Japan Aya Ohori in the next round.
By contrast, it was a disappointing day for Indian qualifiers Ashmita Chaliha and Aakarshi Kashyap in the ladies’ singles competition. Both players suffered back-to-back defeats, ending their campaigns in the first round.
Ashmita lost 17-21, 7-21 to the fourth seed Yue Han of China, while Aakarshi was beaten by the highest ranked Japanese player Akane Yamaguchi with a score of 17-21, 12-21.
In the men’s singles event, Kidambi Srikanth showed his skills and emerged victorious, beating Toma Junior Popov with a score of 21-12, 21-16.
Srikanth now moves on to the second round where he will face eighth seeded Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn.
Sindhu and Srikanth’s performances have gotten Indian badminton fans excited as they look forward to their next matches in the Malaysia Masters pre-quarter-finals.


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