PV Sindhu in Hong Kong Open quarterfinals

Hong Kong Open P.V. Sindhu Saina Nehwal and H.S. Prannoy advance to second round

She may also have to enter into competition with Japan's Sayaka Sato in the quarter-finals. After a close first game, Sindhu was a runaway victor in the second toying with her opponent while hitting deceptive lobs and steep smashes. The 2016 Rio Olympics silver-medalist dominated the match as she defeated the fifth seed Japanese shuttler 21-12, 21-19 in 37 minutes.

Second-seeded Sindhu is the flag bearer of Indian challenge in the tournament, after a surprise crash out of Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy in second-round of the event on Thursday.

Prannoy produced a brilliant comeback from a game down to thrash Hu Yun 19-21, 21-17, 21-15 in an exhilarating opening-round encounter that lasted more than an hour.

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None of the other Indians could win on Day 2 of the Hong Kong Open.

But Sindhu levels the match at 18-18 and then from there, it was no stopping the Indian.

Verma lost to Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto 15-21, 8-21 in 30 minutes while Praneeth lost to second seed Son Wan Ho of Japan 8-21, 16-21.

In women's doubles, the national champions Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy battled hard for 55 minutes but had to ultimately taste an 11-21, 21-19, 19-21 defeat at the hands of the Chinese pair of Huang Dongping and Li Wenmei.



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