PV Sindhu Progresses To Quarter Final, Saina Nehwal Loses In China Open 2018

| September 18 , 2018 , 15:08 IST

India's ace shuttler and Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu on Tuesday advanced to the pre-quarterfinals but former champion Saina Nehwal was knocked out in the first round of the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament held in Changzhou.

The third-seeded PV Sindhu had defeated the world No. 39 Saena Kawakami of Japan with a scoreline of  21-15, 21-13 in the opening round of China Open at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium. The 23-year-old had won the China Open title in 2016.

Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina Nehwal, who was the 1st Indian to win the China Open in 2014, lost with a score of 22-20, 8-21, 14-21 to Korea's Sung Ji Hyun in a 1st round match that lasted 48 minutes.

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Meanwhile, in the Men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, the national champions defeated Chinese shuttlers Taipei's Liao Min Chun and Su Ching-Heng with a scoreline of 13-21, 21-13, 21-12 in a match which clocked the total time of 39 minutes to enter the second round.

The women's singles match between Sindhu and Saena started out as in a close contest before the Indian shuttler held her nerves to quickly grab a 13-7 lead at one stage.

She kept on dominating her opponent with a series of shots and pocketed the opening game without much trouble.

In the second game, Sindhu quickly went ahead with a 6-0 lead but Saena managed to make it 8-10 before the Indian entered the interval with a slender 11-9 lead.

After the break, Sindhu zoomed in to a 15-11 lead before grabbing eight match points at 20-12 and wrap up the match comfortably.