Sindhu, Prannoy are in the quarterfinals of Malaysia Masters
A combo picture of PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy. Photo: Twitter/@BAI_Media
Star Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy booked their places in the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters with contrasting wins over their respective rivals in Kuala Lumpur on May 25.
While double Olympic medalist and sixth seed Sindhu disposed of Japan’s Aya Ohori in straight games in the women’s singles, Prannoy had to dig deep to overcome China’s Shi Feng Li in a tough three-game men’s singles contest. .
First on the court, extended by world No. 13 Sindhu dominated her 28th-ranked Ohori, taking just 40 minutes to beat the Japanese 21-16, 21-11 in the round of 16.
Sindhu, thus, enjoys a commanding 12-0 head-to-head record against Ohori.
Sindhu will face China’s Yi Man Zhang in the quarterfinals.
Surpassed by World No. 9 Prannoy overcame a game deficit to beat world No.11 Li 13-21, 21-16, 21-11 in one hour and 10 minutes to book his place in the last eight.
Prannoy will next face the winner of the match between third seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia and Kenta Nishimoto of Japan.
Later in the day, Lakshya Sen will be seen in action against Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long while Kidambi Srikanth will take on eight seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in their respective men’s singles round-of-16 matches.