Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu beat Singapore’s Yue Yann Jaslyn Hooi in back-to-back matches to reach the women’s singles quarter-finals at the Asian Badminton Championships here on Thursday. Fourth seed Sindhu, who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Championships in Gimcheon, beat Jaslyn Hooi 21-16 21-16 in 42 minutes.
In her next match, Sindhu will face third seed He Bing Jiao of China, who she beat to bronze at the Tokyo Olympics. Sindhu won seven games against Bing Jiao but lost nine. The Indian player, however, recorded wins in the previous two matches.
India’s third-seeded men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also reached the last eight after beating Japanese pair of Akira Koga and Taichi Saito 21-17 21-15 in back-to-back matches. The Indian pair in the world No. 7 will then face the winner of the match between Aaron Chia and Malaysian fifth seed Soh Wooi Yik and Singaporean duo Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Jun Liang Andy Kwek.
Saina Nehwal will be in action in the women’s singles category while Kidambi Srikanth will face China’s Weng Hong Yang in the men’s singles match today. (ANI)
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