CWG 2018: Srikanth, Sindhu sail into quarters

Kidambi Srikanth celebrated his World No. 1 ranking with an emphatic 21-10, 21-10 win over Nikula Karunaratne.

Srikanth Kidambi in action at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.   -  PTI

Kidambi Srikanth celebrated his World No. 1 ranking with a win over Sri Lanka's Nikula Karunaratne 21-10, 21-10 to sail into the men’s singles quarterfinals at the XXI Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

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Meanwhile,  H.S. Prannoy got the better of Australian Joe Anthony 21-18, 21-11.

In the women’s singles, P.V. Sindhu trumped Wendy Chen Yu-Hsuan of Australia 21-15, 21-19 while Saina Nehwal benefitted from the retirement of her rival, Jessica Li (Isle of Man), owing to an injury. The Indian was leading 21-4, 2-0 at the time.

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Ruthvika Gadde too reached the round of last eight, securing a creditable 21-10, 21-23, 21-10 win over Singapore's Jia Min Yeo.

The results (pre-quarterfinals):

Men’s singles: Kidambi Srikanth bt Niluka Karunaratne (SL), 21-10, 21-10; H.S. Prannoy bt Joe Anthony (AUS), 21-18, 21-11.

Doubles: Satwik Rankireddy/Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty bt Jean Paul Christopher/Aatish Lubah (MRI) 21-8, 21-12.

Women’s singles: P.V. Sindhu bt Wendy Chen Yu-Hsuan (AUS) 21 15, 21-9; Saina Nehwal bt Jessica Li (IOM) 21-4, 2-0 (retired); Ruthvika Gadde bt Jia Min Yeo (SGP) 21-10, 21-23, 21-10.

Doubles: Ashwini Ponnappa/Sikki N. Reddy bt Ren-Ne Ong/Cyrstal Jia Ying Wong (SGP) 2-18, 21-13.

Mixed doubles: Satwik/Ashwini bt Kristen Tsai/Nyl Yakura(CAN) 21-10, 21-7; Pranaav/Sikki bt Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/Crystal Jia Ying Wong (SGP), 21-19, 21-13.