Birmingham, March 10: Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu advanced to the women’s singles quarterfinals of the All England Open Badminton Championships at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Thursday. Notably, sixth seed Sindhu defeated Indonesian Dinar Dyah Ayustine by 21-12, 21-4 while eighth seed Saina defeated German qualifier Fabienne Deprez 21-18, 21-10.
PV Sindhu, a silver medallist at the Rio Olympics played a beautiful and aggressive game and easily defeated Indonesia's Dinar Dyah Ayustine 21-12 21-4 in just 30 minutes. Sindhu and Ayustine were tied at 4-4 initially but after that, the Indian broke off and left her opponent far behind to go one game up. Now Sindhu will face the winner of the match between World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and Japan's Minatsu Mitani in the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, Saina had defeated defending champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-15 21-14 in the opening round late last night. In the second round match against Deprez, Saina opened up a 12-8 lead at one stage but her opponent makes a comeback by leveling the score to 17-17. Saina, however, held onto her nerves to win the first game 21-18. In the second game, Saina was more ruthless and she surged ahead from 1-1 onwards, never to give her opponent a chance to come back into the match. Saina Nehwal will take on the winner of the match between third seed Sung Ji Hyun of Korea and Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong.
However, the only Indian men's singles player left in the second round, Prannoy failed to mount a challenge against Chinese seventh seed Tian Houwei, losing 13-21, 5-21 in 33 minutes. The Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy gave their all but couldn't avoid a 19-21, 20-22 close defeat against South Koreans Yoo Yeon Seong and Kim Ha Na late Wednesday night.
Earlier, in the pre-quarterfinals yesterday, Ace Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu Sindhu dished out a dominating game to defeat Indonesia's Dinar Dyah Ayustine 21-12, 21-4 in just 30 minutes. In another match, Saina Nehwal stormed into quarterfinal game defeating Germany's Fabienne Deprez 21-18, 21-10 in 5 minutes.