Macau Open: Sindhu, Praneeth, Prannoy move to third round

Two-time bronze medallist at World Championship, P. V. Sindhu, seeded fifth, defeated Kim Hyo Min of Korea 21-13, 22-20 in a women’s singles match to set up a clash with the winner of the match between Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri and Cheng Chi Ya of Chinese Taipei.

P. V. Sindhu defeated Kim Hyo Min of Korea 21-13, 22-20.   -  PTI (File Photo)

Three Indian shuttlers, including P. V. Sindhu, advanced to the prequarterfinals of the USD 120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold but it was curtains for Ajay Jayaram in men’s singles, here today. Two-time bronze medallist at World Championship, P. V. Sindhu, seeded fifth, defeated Kim Hyo Min of Korea 21-13, 22-20 in a women’s singles match to set up a clash with the winner of the match between Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri and Cheng Chi Ya of Chinese Taipei.

In men’s singles, Seventh seed H. S. Prannoy saw off Chinese Taipei’s Lin Chia Hsuan 21-19, 21-15 and will meet China’s Qiao Bin tomorrow. B. Sai Praneeth, seeded 15th, spanked Uzbekistan’s Artyom Savatyugin 21-11, 21-8 in another match and will face the winner of the match between Indonesia’s Andre Kurniawan Tedjono and Chinese Taipei’s Yang Chih Chieh.

However, it turned out to be a disappointing day for ninth seed Jayaram as he lost 11-21, 17-21 to Lin Guipu of China in another men’s singles match. 2010 Commonwealth Games champion Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa continued their rough patch as they lost 16-21, 15-21 to Japanese pair of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in women’s doubles event.