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Thailand Open: Sindhu, Sameer reach quarterfinals along with double's teams

Thailand Open: Sindhu, Sameer reach quarterfinals along with doubles teams

The Bridge Desk

Updated: 30 July 2021 4:27 PM GMT

Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu storms into the quarter-finals of Toyota Thailand Open 1000 on Thursday after she eased past Malaysia's Kisona Selvaduray 21-10, 21-12 in the Round of 32. This is going to be Sindhu's fourth quarter-final appearance in 12 tournaments she has played since winning the Badminton World Championships in August 2019.

In the men's singles event, Sameer Verma continued his impressive run stunning world no 17 Rasmus Gemke of Denmark in a second round match to advance to the quarterfinals. The world no 31 Indian, who had shocked Malaysia's eighth seed Lee Zii Jia in the opening round, needed just 39 minutes to see off Gemke 21-12 21-9.

This was Sameer's third victory over Gemke. The Indian had defeated the world no 17 Danish shuttler in their previous two clashes. Sameer will face third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark, who received a walkover, in the quarterfinals.

The mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also made it to the quarterfinals with a stunning 22-20 14-21 21-16 win over world no 17 German duo of Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich in a match that lasted close to an hour.

The men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made it to the quarterfinals as well with 2-18, 23-21 win over the South Korean pair of S.G. Choi and S.J. Seo.

HS Prannoy, however, failed to cross the second hurdle, going down 17-21 18-21 to Malaysia's Daren Liew, a day after battling through pain to upstage Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie in a gruelling three-game match.

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