China Open 2018: PV Sindhu enters pre-quarterfinals, Saina loses


Beijing: PV Sindhu progressed to the pre-quarterfinals at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament on Tuesday. However, Saina Nehwal bowed out of the tournament after her loss.

Olympic and world championship silver-medallist Sindhu, defeated world No. 39 Saena Kawakami of Japan 21-15, 21-13 in the opening round at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium.

The women’s singles match between Sindhu and Kawakami started out as a fighting contest before the Indian broke off to grab a 13-7 lead and eventually won the set.

In the second game, Sindhu jumped to a 6-0 lead but Kawakami managed to make it 8-10 before Sindhu gained an 11-9 lead. After the break, Sindhu lead at 15-11 before grabbing eight match points at 20-12 and sealed the win comfortably.

On the other hand, Saina, who was the first Indian to win the China Open in 2014, lost 22-20 8-21 14-21 to Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun in a match that lasted for 48 minutes.

Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, the national champions, defeated Chinese Taipei’s Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng 13-21 21-13 21-12 in 39 minutes to enter the second round.

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