Asia Badminton Championship 2019: Sidhu and Saina entered into the second round

Apr 25 2019 05:11 PM
Asia Badminton Championship 2019: Sidhu  and Saina entered into the second round

Wuhan: On Thursday, The Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma continued their impressive run, progressing to the women's and men's singles quarterfinals respectively of the Asia Badminton Championship. Sindhu, seeded fourth, took just 33 minutes to get the better of Indonesia's Choirunnisa 21-15 21-19 in a one-sided women's singles match. The world number six will next play the unseeded Cai Yanyan of China in the quarterfinals. To be noted that in the men's singles, Sameer brushed aside Hong Kong's Ng Ka Long Angus 21-12 21-19. He will next face either Thai shuttler Sitthikom Thammasin or second seeded Shi Yuqi of China. India's mixed doubles pair of Utkarsh Arora and Karishma Wadkar crashed out in the second round after losing 21-10 21-15 to Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia. Later Thursday, world number nine Saina Nehwal will take on Kim Ga Eun of South Korea in women's singles second round match.  

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Earlier Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal notched up contrasting wins to enter the second round but Kidambi Srikanth suffered a shock defeat in the Asia Badminton Championship here Wednesday. Olympic and world championship silver-medallist Sindhu eased past Takahashi Sayaka of Japan in straight games. Sindhu looked in command from the beginning and registered a thumping 21-14 21-7 victory in just 28 minutes. The fourth-seeded Indian will next face Choirunnisa of Indonesia. World number nine Saina had to work hard to get the better of China's Han Yue.

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