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Sindhu in quarters, Lakshya bows out of All England Championship

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Laxmi Negi
Last updated on: March 13, 2020 00:13 IST
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PV Sindhu

IMAGE: PV Sindhu outclassed Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in straight games to enter the quarter-finals at the All England Championships. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Star Indian shuttler P V Sindhu cruised into the quarter-finals of the All England Championships women's singles with a straight-game win over Sung Ji Hyun of Korea, in Birmingham, on Thursday.

The sixth-seeded Indian Olympic silver medallist won 21-19, 21-15 in a round of 16 match that lasted 49 minutes.

 

Sindhu next meets the winner of the round of 16 match between fourth-seeded Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark.

Rising shuttler Lakshya Sen, however, was knocked out of tournament after losing in straight games to Victor Axelsen in the men's singles.

Lakshya went down to the World No 7 Dane 17-21, 18-21 in a hard fought second round battle which lasted 45 minutes.

The 18-year old Indian, who won five titles last season, had defeated Hong Kong's Cheuk Yiu Lee 17-21, 21-8, 21-17 in the opening round.

Saina Nehwal's chances of qualifying for the Olympics took a hit after she made a first-round exit, following a loss to Japanese nemesis Akane Yamaguchi, on Wednesday.

Up against world number three Yamaguchi, it was a tough opening round for Saina, who lost 11-21, 8-21 in just 28 minutes.

Lakshya Sen

IMAGE: Lakshya Sen was beaten by World No 7 Victor Axelsen in the second round. Photograph: BAI Media/Twitter

Saina is placed 20th on the BWF rankings with 46267 points and the 2012 London Olympics bronze-medallist needs to enter the top-16 bracket by April 28 to make the cut for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

She now needs strong performances to pocket crucial ranking points but considering that several sporting events are being cancelled in view of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak, it remains to be seen how many she actually gets to play.

The 29-year-old is scheduled to compete at the Swiss Open (March 17-22), India Open (March 24-29) and Malaysia Open (March 31-April 5) in the following weeks.

It was Saina's ninth defeat in 11 matches against the formidable Japanese and her third first-round exit this season.

In the men's singles, Parupalli Kashyap retired from his first-round contest against Shesar Hiren Rhustavito while B Sai Praneeth lost his match on Wednesday.

Kashyap's match lasted just one minute. He was trailing 0-3 when he decided to call it quits.

The mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy advanced to the second round when top-seeded Chinese pair of Si Wei Zheng and Ya Qiong Huang retired while trailing 4-5.

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