Wuhan (China): Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma on Thursday advanced to the quarterfinals of the ongoing Badminton Asia Championships after winning their respective pre-quarterfinal matches.
In women’s singles, Rio Olympic silver medallist Sindhu outclassed Indonesia’s Choirunnisa in straight games 21-15, 21-19 to enter the next round. Sindhu will now face World No. 17 China’s Cai Yanyan in the quarters.
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Saina, who is currently ranked ninth in the world, defeated Korea’s Kim Ga Eun 21-13, 21-13 and will now take on World No. 4 Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.
In the men’s singles affair, Sameer registered a contrasting win as he defeated world No. 16 Hong Kong’s Ka Long Angus in straight games 21-12, 21-19. He will now take on China’s Yuqi Shi.
However, the Indian pair of Utkarsh Arora and Karishma Wadkar bowed out of the tournament after losing 10-21, 15-21 to Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia in the mixed doubles second round.