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Sindhu, Kashyap, Srikanth in Denmark Open quarter-finals

October 16, 2014 19:42 IST

P V Sindhu stormed into the quarter-finals, while Parupalli Kashyap and K Srikanth also advanced to the last eight stage after posting contrasting victories in the Denmark Open Super Series Badminton Premier, in Odense, on Thursday.

Two-time World Championships bronze medallist Sindhu took just 31 minutes to get the better of Ksenia Polikarpova of Russia 21-17, 21-19.

Srikanth defeated Chinese Taipei's Jen Hao Hsu 21-12, 21-15 in 45 minutes while Kashyap fought hard before prevailing over Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia 21-17, 17-21, 22-20 in a contest that lasted 69 minutes.

World No. 10 Sindhu opened up a 4-0 lead in the first game and continued to widen the gap, eventually winning it 20-17.

In the second game, Sindhu quickly broke away from a 2-2 tie to take a slight edge and then she kept on extending it to make it 19-15 at one stage. But a brief fight back from the Russian saw her closing the gap to 19-20

before Sindhu used all her experience to wrap it up in her favour.

In the men's singles second round matches, Srikanth had a rather comfortable outing, but Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kashyap faced a stiff challenge from his Indonesian rival.

After a neck and neck battle till 13-13 in the opening game, Kashyap bagged four consecutive points to make it 17-13 before he wrapped it up 21-17.

But the Indonesian shuttler came back strongly in the second game as he opened up a huge 7-1 lead.

Although Kashyap managed to reel off six points on a trot to catch his opponent, the Indonesian showed a lot of determination to keep the Indian at bay and take the match to the decider.

The third game was a closely-fought affair with both players refusing to spare an inch. The game swung from one end to other before the Indian held his nerves to earn two points from 20-20 to advance to the next stage.