PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth enter 2nd round

PV Sindhu,  Kidambi Srikanth enter 2nd round

Prannoy stuns world no. 6 Chou; Ashmita, Aakarshi bow out

Kuala Lumpur : Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second while HS Prannoy dished out a superlative display to stun world number six Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei in men's singles of the Malaysia Masters here on Wednesday.

In the women's singles, two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu registered a hard-fought 21-13, 17-21, 21-18 win over Denmark's Line Christophersen in the round of 32 of the BWF Super 500 event. The 27-year-old Indian will face world No. 28 Aya Ohori of Japan in the round of 16 on Thursday.

Sindhu took her time to settle into the match and went into the break, leading 11-8 but soon built on it to win the first game convincingly. Both the shuttlers fought hard to have the upper hand in the second game as Christophersen executed the drop shots well to trouble Sindhu after the scores were tied at 17-17 and took the match into the decider.

After taking an early lead in the decider, Sindhu found herself in a bit of trouble, trailing 13-16. She then dug deep to level the scores and used her experience to defeat Christophersen in a match lasting one hour and two minutes.

In the other women's singles contest, Aakarshi Kashyap lost 17-21, 12-21 to reigning world champion and world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. On the other hand, Ashmita Chaliha suffered a 17-21, 7-21 defeat at the hands of world No. 9 Han Yue of China.

In the men's singles, former world championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth, got the better of world No. 28 Frenchman Toma Junior Popov 21-12, 21-16.

World no. 9 Prannoy, later, held his nerves after going a game down to upset Chou, ranked sixth, 16-21 21-14 21-13 in his opening match to enter the pre-quarterfinals. Prannoy will next lock horns against Shi Feng Li of China.

Meanwhile, world No. 40 Malvika Bansod will be up against world No. 8 Wang Zhi Yi in women's singles while Commonwealth Games 2022 champion Lakshya Sen will take the court in men's singles, later in the day. Lakshya will lock horns with former world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore.

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