Glasgow, August 23: India’s star shuttler and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu on Tuesday entered into the pre-quarterfinals of the women's singles competition of the BWF World Championship which is being held in Glasgow, Scotland.
Notably, Sindhu defeated Korea's Kim Hyo Min in the second round. Sindhu notched up a 21-16, 21-14 win over Kim in a 49-minute match, to extend her head-to-head record against the Korean to 4-1 in five meetings. The 22-year-old, who received a bye in the opening round, will face either Russian's Evgeniya Kosetskaya or Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi, a 13th seed, in the next round.
Sindhu dominated her opponent and won eight consecutive points in the first set. Even though Kim Hyo Min fought back to win the next two points, Sindhu continued her rampage and made it 11-5 to keep a healthy lead and then later went on to win the first set 21-16. Going into the second set, Kim Hyo Min showed some resistance but Sindhu wrapped up the game up 21-14.
On the other side, Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth opened his campaign with a straight-game win over Hong Kong's Wei Nan to reach the second round of men's singles event. The 25-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. Ajay Jayaram also advanced to the second round with a straight set victory over Luka Wraber. India's top mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, seeded 15th, defeated Indo-Malaysian combo of Prajakta Sawant and Yogendran Khrishnan 21-12 21-19.
However, disappointment was at the store for India in the other mixed doubles matches as B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Maneesha K suffered contrasting losses to bow out of the event. In women's singles, National champion Rituparna Das also emerged victorious in the opening round yesterday after her opponent Finland's Airi Mikkela retired after lagging 0-2 in the first game.
Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma already advanced to the second round of the men's singles competition after their relatively easy victories on an opening day. Saina Nehwal will open her campaign today. Saina and Sindhu had got byes in the first round.