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India Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Srikanth continue fine run

India Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Srikanth continue fine run
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Published: 28 March 2019 4:16 PM GMT

New Delhi: Former champions PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth notched up commanding wins as 5 singles players and 4 doubles pairs from India entered the quarter-finals of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019, an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament, here on Thursday. 2017 winner Sindhu never relinquished control to Hong Kong’s World No. 37 Deng Joy Xuan in her 21-11, 21-13 win.

Up next for the second seed is Danish eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt, who earlier ended the run of rising star Riya Mookerjee 21-8,17-21, 21-13.

A day after needing three games for his first round win, 2015 men’s singles champion Kidambi Srikanth did not put a foot wrong and recorded a 21-11, 21-16 victory over China’s Lu Guangzu. Srikanth will next face Swiss Open runner-up Sai Praneeth in a blockbuster all-Indian quarter-final after Sai prevailed over fifth seed Sameer Verma 18-21, 21-16, 21-15 in an enthralling all-Indian second round face-off.

Ashwini/Sikki lead 4 Indian doubles pairs into quarters.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy beat China’s Chen Xiaofei and Zhou Chaomin 21-18, 21-14. In men’s doubles, sixth seeds Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy triumphed 25-23, 21-18 over Huang Kaixiang and Wang Zekang in a gritty contest.

Read More of Day 3 matches here.
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