PV Sindhu put up an extremely dominant display on Thursday as she moved into the quarter-finals of All England Championships with a straight games win over Denmark’s Line Christophersen. Sindhu demolished the Dane 21-8, 21-8 in merely 25 minutes to win her second round match. Christophersen was absolutely no match for the Indian as Sindhu blazed through into the next round.
Sindhu will need all her expertise on Friday when she gets a tough test in the last eight against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi got a walkover from her opponent on Thursday and will come fresh to the quarters.
India’s top men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty failed to make the quarter-finals after an edgy loss to Danish pair Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
The sixth seeds lost 16-21, 21-11, 17-21 in an hour and three minutes. Even though Satwik-Chirag had a good game plan and took the initiative very well in the match but a few nervy errors towards the end cost them.
This is the second straight week that Satwik-Chirag have lost to Astrup-Rasmussen. The Indian pair lost to them in the semi-finals of Swiss Open as well.
Sai Praneeth lost to second seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-15, 12-21, 12-21 in 52 minutes.
Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy upset sixth seeds Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva 21-17, 21-10 in just 33 minutes to advance to the quarter-finals.
Earlier in the day, Lakshya Sen also got a solid second round win over France’s Thomas Rouxel to advance to the quarter-finals. He beat the French 21-18, 21-17 in 53 minutes. Lakshya will next be up against Mark Caljouw from the Netherlands.
HS Prannoy fell in the second round to world No.1 Kento Momota. Momota beat two Indians in a row as he sent Parupalli Kashyap packing in the first round. Against Prannoy, Momota eased through in his typical style beating the Indian 21-15, 21-14 in 48 minutes.
Also on the losing end was the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa. They were up against the Japanese pair of Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo and it took them just 35 minutes to beat the Indian pair. Satwik-Ashwini lost 21-19, 21-9.
Dhruv Kapila-Meghana Jakkampudi lost to Denmark’s Niclas Nohr-Amalie Magelund 21-19, 21-8 in just 29 minutes.
Yet to Play:
Sameer Verma vs (Denmark) Anders Antonsen