Australia Open: Sindhu, Srikanth, Prannoy reach last 8

Australia Open: Sindhu, Srikanth, Prannoy reach last 8

Mithun Manjunath, Kiran George ousted

Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy moved into the quarterfinals of the Australia Open badminton BWF Super 500 tournament with contrasting victories, here on Thursday.

The fifth seed Sindhu, who had lost in the first round at seven different tour events this season and is playing under a new personal coach in Malaysia's Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, easily overcame compatriot Aakarshi Kashyap 21-14 21-10 in a second round women's singles match.

The double Olympic medallist Sindhu will face fourth seed Beiwen Zhang of USA in the quarterfinal. In men's singles, Srikanth stormed past Li Yang Su of Chinese Taipei 21-10 21-17, while sixth seed Prannoy had to fight for one hour and 14 minutes to get past Chinese Taipei's Yu Jen Chi 21-19 21-19 21-13.

Rising Indian shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat also continued with his impressive run, reaching the quarterfinals by beating Chinese Taipei's Tzu Wei Wang 21-8 13-21 21-19 in a tough contest that lasted for 59 minutes. However, it was curtains for two other Indian men's singles shuttlers Mithun Manjunath and Kiran George. Manjunath, who had stunned fourth seed and world No 7 Kean Yew Loh of Singapore in the opening round, lost 13-21 21-12 19-21 against Malaysia's Zii Jia Lee.

Geroge was no match for top seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, losing the contest in straight games 15-21 18-21. While Prannoy has a tough opponent in Ginting to deal with in the quarterfinals, it will be a contest between two Indians among the seasoned Srikanth and young Rajawat.

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