Sindhu, Prannoy enter pre-quarters of Thailand Open

Olympic silver medallist Sindhu will face Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin while Prannoy will lock horns with Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia.

Sindhu brushed aside Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri 21-8, 21-15 in the opening round.   -  SANDEEP SAXENA

Top shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and H.S. Prannoy progressed to the women’s and men’s singles pre-quarters with straight game wins on a mixed day for India at the USD 350,000 BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament here on Wednesday.

Olympic silver medallist Sindhu brushed aside Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri 21-8, 21-15 in the opening round to set up a clash with Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin.

Playing only his second tournament after recovering from an inflammation in his ankle, Prannoy defeated Spain’s Pablo Abian, who had clinched the White Nights title last Sunday, 21-16, 21-19 in a men’s singles match at the Nimibutr Stadium.

The fourth-seeded Indian will face experienced Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia on Thursday.

Returning to action after recovering from a stress fracture on his shin, 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap saw off Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue 21-15, 21-17 to set up a pre-quarterfinal match against Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama.

Manu, Sumeeth advance

Meanwhile, men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy prevailed over Chinese Taipei’s Chen Hung Ling and Wang Chi-Lin 21-18, 15-21, 21-17 to reach the next round.

However, it was curtains for Swiss Open champion Sameer Verma and young Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka in the opening round.

Sameer lost 18-21, 16-21 to Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, while Vaishnavi was shown the door by eighth-seed Sayaka Sato of Japan after notching up a 21-13, 21-17 win.

Also bowing out of the tournament was rising men’s doubles pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok after losing 18-21, 21-13, 16-21 to Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pangkaryanira and Ade Yusuf Santoso of Indonesia.

Another men’s pair of Mandiraju Anilkumar Raju and Venkat Gaurav Prasad also put up a fight before going down 21-14, 12-21, 14-21 to Chung Yonny and Tam Chun Hei of Hong Kong.

Among others, women’s doubles pairing of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram, the mixed duo of Saurabh Sharma and Anoushka Parikh, and Tarun Kona and Saurabh Sharma crashed out of the tournament.

The results:

Men: H.S. Prannoy bt Pablo Abian (Esp) 21-16, 21-19; P. Kashyap bt Jason Anthony Ho-Shue (Can) 21-15, 21-17; Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Ina) bt Sameer Verma 21-13, 21-17.

Doubles: Manu Attri & B. Sumeeth Reddy bt Chen Hung Ling & Wang Chi-Lin (Tpe) 21-18, 15-21, 21-17; Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pangkaryanira & Ade Yusuf Santoso (Ina) bt M.R. Arjun & Ramchandran Shlok 21-18, 13-21, 21-16; Chung Yonny & Tam Chun Hei (HK) bt M. Anilkumar Raju & Venkat Gaurav Prasad 14-21, 21-12, 21-14; Bodeen Isara & Maneepong Jongjit (Ina) bt Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty 21-11, 21-15; Min Chun Liao & Ching Heng Su (Tpe) bt Tarun Kona & Saurabh Sharma 21-6, 21-6.

Women: P.V. Sindhu bt Linda Zetchiri (Bul); Sayaka Sato (Jpn) bt J. Vaishnavi Reddy 21-13, 21-17. Doubles: Hsiao Huan Chen & Ling Fang Hu (Tpe) bt J. Meghana & Poorvisha S. Ram 23-21, 21-8;

Mixed doubles: Hee Chun Mak & Nga Ting Yeung (HK) bt Saurabh Sharma & Anoushka Parikh 22-20, 21-18.

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