China Open: Srikanth, Sindhu advance to quarterfinals

India's Kidambi Srikanth and P.V. Sindhu advanced to the quarterfinals of the China Open with contrasting wins.

Kidambi Srikanth beat Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto to advance to the quarterfinals.   -  Reuters

India's Kidambi Srikanth survived a scare but managed to advance to the China Open badminton quarterfinals after beating Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto 10-21, 21-9, 21-9 in their pre-quarterfinal match on Thursday.

Meanwhile, P.V. Sindhu beat Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-12, 21-15.

Sugiarto breezed through the first game 21-10 but Srikanth upped the ante and raced to 11-6 lead in the second. He maintained the good work all thought the game and forced the decider with a 21-9 win.

The decider, too, seemed to go Srikanth's way as he took the early lead at 4-1 and later extended his lead to 12-3. It was Srikanth all the way then as it was a tough ask for Sugiarto to plug the gap.

Later, Sindhu raced to a 11-4 lead in the first game even before the Thai opponent could read the Indian's game. But the Thai player crawled back with some hefty winners to draw close at 10-14 but Sindhu kept her composure to wrap the first game 21-12.

The second game was more evenly contested and with both the players deadlocked at 7-7 at one stage, it looked like it was anybody's game. At 17-15, Sindhu had the slight advantage and used her experience to wrap up the match in quick time at 21-15.

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