BWF World Championships: Sindhu, Srikanth advance to quarters
Huelva (Spain), December 16, 2021
Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2021 BWF World Championships after winning their respective singles round of 16 matches, here on Thursday.
Defending champion Sindhu beat Thailand's ninth seed Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-14, 21-18 in the pre-quarter-final match that lasted 48 minutes, to stay on course for a second successive world badminton title.
This was the fifth win for world No 7 Sindhu over the 10th-ranked Chochuwong from eight meetings. The Thai had beaten Sindhu in the previous two meetings, including the one at the BWF World Tour Finals earlier this month.
The two-time Olympic medallist will next face Chinese Taipei's top-seed shuttler Tai Tzu-Ying on Friday, who accounted for Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour 21-11, 19-21, 21-10 in 48 minutes.
In the men's singles, 12th seed Srikanth beat unseeded Guang Zu Lu of China 21-10, 21-15 to enter the last eight.
However, in women's doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy suffered their seventh straight loss against Thailand's Rawinda Prajongjai and Jongkolphan Kititharakul. The Indian pair lost the match to the sixth seeds 13-21, 15-21 in 38 minutes.
In the men's doubles, eighth seeds Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also went down to the ninth-seeded Malaysian duo of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 20-22, 21-18, 15-21 in 68 minutes. This was the third loss for the Indian pair against the Malaysians in five meetings.