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Sindhu lone Indian in Thailand Open quarters

Thursday - July 12, 2018 9:50 pm , Category : SPORTS
 Sindhu lone Indian in Thailand Open quarters
Sindhu lone Indian in Thailand Open quarters
Bangkok July 12 (IANS) P.V. Sindhu was the lone Indian to survive the pre-quarterfinals of the Thailand Open badminton tournament as H.S. Prannoy Parupalli Kashyap the men s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy fell in the Round-of-16 here on Thursday.
Second seeded Sindhu the Olympic 2016 silver medallist crushed Hong Kong s Yip Pui Yin 21-16 21-14 in 37 minutes to set-up a quarter-final against Malaysian Soniia Cheah.
Sindhu has taken a 4-0 advantage in career meetings against Yip. The Indian s opponent on Friday Soniia had defeated Sindhu when they last met in 2011 at the U-19 Asia Youth Championships. In 2010 at the World Junior Championships Sindhu had got better of the Malaysian.
Meanwhile a big upset took place in the women s singles category when Aya Ohori of Japan stunned compatriot eight seed Sayaka Sato with a 9-21 21-19 21-18 victory in 49 minutes.
Sindhu s was last on the day from the Indian squad at the Nimibutr Stadium. Prior to her all of India s competitors lost one by one.
The mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered a tame defeat against Japan s Yuki Kaneko and Mayu Matsumoto who took only 29 minutes to prevail 21-11 21-16.
Then fourth seed Prannoy lost to Indonesian qualifier Sony Dwi Kuncoro in a shocking 18-21 14-21 in 35 minutes while 2012 Olympian Kashyap went down fighting to Japanese Kanta Tsuneyama. The Japan won 21-18 18-21 21-19 in an hour and eight minutes.
The men s singles pair of Manu-Sumeeth lost to Japanese combine of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 24-22 13-21 19-21 in an hour and six minutes.

--IANS pur/vm