Sindhu, Praneeth advance in Singapore Super Series
Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth on Thursday advanced to the quarterfinals of the USD 350,000 Singapore Super Series after posting hard-fought victories in the women's and men's singles respectively here.
Rio Olympic silver medallist, Sindhu, who clinched the India Open earlier this month, had to toil hard before prevailing 19-21 21-17 21-8 over Indonesian World No. 27 Fitriani Fitriani in a match that lasted an hour at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Sindhu will take on the winner of the match between Chia Hsin Lee and Carolina Marin.
Praneeth, who reached the finals at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January, produced a gritty performance to see off China's Qiao Bin 21-15 21-23 21-16 in an hour and 12 minutes. The World No. 30 Indian Praneeth will clash with eighth seeded Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand next. B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, who reached the finals at Lucknow in January, eked out a thrilling 17-21 21-17 21-16 win over Korean pair of Jae Hwan Kim and Lee So Hee to also reach the quarterfinals. The Indian pair will take on third seeded Chinese combo of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong.
Sindhu loses three places to be World No.5
Just a week after achieving career-best rank of world number two, Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu on Thursday lost three spots to be placed fifth in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) list. The 21-year-old shuttler from Hyderabad suffered a shock first-round exit from the Malaysia Open Super Series in Kuching last week which pushed her down the ladder.