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Badminton Asia Championships: India’s PV Sindhu, Satwik-Chirag enters quarterfinals

Manila: In badminton, India’s two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu entered the women’s singles quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championships. She defeated Yue Yann Jaslyn Hooi of Singapore by ’21-16, 21-16′ in 42 minutes. Sindhu will face He Bing Jiao of China next. Sindhu has a 7-9 head-to-head record against Bing Jiao, whom she has beaten twice in the last two meetings.

The third-seeded Indian men’s doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also entered quarterfinals. The Indian duo defeated Akira Koga and Taichi Saito of Japan by ‘ 21-17, 21-15’.  The world number 7 Indian pair  will face next either fifth-seeded Malaysian Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik or the Singaporean duo of Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Jun Liang Andy Kwek.

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Earlier on Wednesday, London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal defeated  Sim Yujin of South Korea  by ‘21-15, 17-21, 21-13’.  Saina will next face  China’s Zhi Yi Wang. India’s  Malvika Bansod defeated Yeo Jia Min of Singapore by ‘ 9-21, 21-17, 26-24’.  Seventh-seeded Kidambi Srikanth defeated  Tze Yong Ng of Malaysia by ‘22-20, 21-15’.

Meanwhile, India’s world championships bronze medal winner Lakshya Sen lost to unseeded Li Shi Feng of China by ‘21-12, 10-21, 19-21’. World No. 19 Sai Praneeth suffered a straight game ‘17-21. 13-21’ defeat against Jonatan Christie of Indonesia.


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