All England: P.V. Sindhu enters quarters, Lakshya Sen bows out

P.V. Sindhu beat Sung Ji Hyun to reach the All England quarterfinals, while Lakshya Sen suffered a second-round defeat to second seed Viktor Axelsen.

P.V. Sindhu beat Sung Ji Hyun 21-19 21-15 on Thursday.   -  GETTY IMAGES

P.V. Sindhu cruised into the quarterfinals of the 2020 All England Championships with a straight-game win over Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea in the women's singles in Birmingham on Thursday.

The Rio Olympics silver medalist from India won 21-19, 21-15 in a round-of-16 match which went on for 49 minutes. Sindhu next meets fourth-seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan who beat Denmark's Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt 21-12, 21-16 in another second-round outing.

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Earlier, Lakshya Sen bowed out of the tournament after suffering a 17-21, 18-21 defeat at the hands of Denmark's Viktor Axelsen in men's singles.

World No. 29 Sen battled hard against second seed Axelsen before going down by slender margins in their last-16 clash that lasted 45 minutes. World No. 7 Axelsen will take on Shi Yuqi of China in the quarterfinals.

The Indian women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy also made an exit from the competition after being defeated by the Japanese duo of Mitaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. They lost 13-21, 14-21 in 38 minutes.

Sindhu is now the lone Indian representation at the Championships.

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