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PV Sindhu Enters Quarter-final of Hong Kong Open, Saina Nehwal Crashes Out

Ace India shuttler PV Sindhu continued her good run of form recently as she stormed into the quarter-final of the Hong Kong Open Super Series in Kowloon on Thursday. Although it wasn't a good evening for her compatriot Saina Nehwal as she crashed out in the Round of 16 against Chen Yufei.

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Updated:November 23, 2017, 10:09 PM IST
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PV Sindhu Enters Quarter-final of Hong Kong Open, Saina Nehwal Crashes Out
PV Sindhu. (AFP Photo)
New Delhi: Ace India shuttler PV Sindhu continued her good run of form recently as she stormed into the quarter-final of the Hong Kong Open Super Series, while compatriot Saina Nehwal crashed out in the Round of 16 against Chen Yufei on Thursday.

Tenth-ranked Nehwal, ran out of steam and could not overcome the challenge of China's Chen Yufei. The eighth seed beat the Indian ace 21-18, 19-21, 10-21 in a second round match lasting an hour. This was the first time Nehwal played against Yufei.

Saina, began strongly as she took the first game, but could not keep the tempo up and was eventually beaten by the Chinese shuttler who bounced back strongly in the next two games.

Earlier in the day, Sindhu crushed Japan’s Aya Ohori in straight games to qualify for the last eight of the tournament. Sindhu recorded a 21-14, 21-17 win in just 39 minutes to continue her unbeaten record against the Japanese star.

In the one-sided match, Sindhu got into the groove early to the lead in the first game against her less-illustrious opponent. The 2014 Olympics silver medallist took the first game 21-14 to illustrate her dominance in the match.

The second game started in the same manner as the first — with Sindhu surging into the lead early on. Ohori issued a late fightback in the second game by winning give points in a row. However, Sindhu's experience and class helped her close the second game at 21-17. The Indian will now face another Japanese, fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi, in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Meanwhile, it was curtains for India in the men's singles after HS Prannoy went down fighting to Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 10-21, 15-21 in a 54-minute battle. Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma had already crashed out in the opening round on Wednesday.

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