Asia C'ships: Sindhu, Saina move into third round

The duo completed comfortable wins over their singles opponents.

P. V. Sindhu defeated Chen Xiaoxin 21-12, 21-15 in 44 minutes. File Photo: PTI

P. V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal completed comfortable wins over their respective opponents in the second round of the Asia Badminton Championships.

Sindhu, the third seed, dismissed Chen Xiaoxin of China in straight games 21-12, 21-15. The second game was much closer than the first; Sindhu surged ahead after being locked at 10-10. The contest took 44 minutes to finish.

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Saina's victory, in comparison, was even more dominant. She defeated China's Gao Fangjie, the World No. 28, 21-18, 21-8. In a relatively close first game, Saina did not allow her opponent, close on her heels, to overtake her, barring a brief moment when she was 14-13 down. In the second, she won eight points in a row at 4-3 to establish a match-winning lead.

Srikanth, Prannoy progress

Among men, K. Srikanth profited out of a retirement by his opponent from Hong Kong — Wong Wing Ki Vincent. Srikanth led 7-2 in the first game when Wong pulled out.

H. S. Prannoy also moved into the third round; in a relatively lengthy contest, he defeated Chinese Taipei's Wang Tzu Wei 16-21, 21-14, 21-12.

Sai Praneeth bowed out of the tourney with a straightforward loss to the third seed Chen Long of China. He was defeated 21-12, 21-12.