PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen- a total of four Indian shuttlers carried the country’s campaign into the second round of Malaysia Masters in Kuala Lampur on Wednesday.
In the women’s singles opener, Sindhu found a tough challenge in Denmark’s Line Christophersen. After much toiling, the sixth seeded Indian was able to grasp a 21-13, 17-21, 21-18 win over world no 23 Christophersen in one hour and two minutes. The two time Olympic medallist will next face Aya Ohori of Japan.
Prannoy, ranked 9th in the world, produced a dominating performance over Taiwan’s Tien Chen Chou in their men’s singles outing, marking a 16-21, 21-14, 21-13 victory to sail into the pre quarterfinals, where he will take on China’s Shi Feng Li.
Kidambi Srikanth also progressed in his campaign, defeating French shuttler Toma Junior Popov 21-12, 21-16, and will face 8th seeded Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand up next.
It took Lakshya Sen 55 minutes to defeat Kean Yew Loh, marking a 21-10, 16-21, 21-9 win over the seventh seeded Singaporean. His next outing will be against Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong.
On the other hand, Ashmita Chaliha, Aakarshi Kashyap and Malvika Bansod all lost their women’s singles openers.