Srikanth, Sindhu cruises into the quarterfinals of BWF World Championships
New Delhi, August 24 – India’s good run in the BWF World Championships continued as Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu marched into the quarterfinals of the men’s singles event on Thursday at the Emirates Centre in Glasgow.
WhileSrikanth steamrolled Denmark’s Anton Sorensen to surge ahead in the tournament,Sindhu displayed great resiliency to come from behind to win against CheungNgan Yi of Taipei to stay on track for her third world championships medal.The match between Srikanth and Sorensen was expected to be a tough fight butthe 14th seeded Danish youngster had no answer to Indian’sprecision play and succumbed to 14-21, 18-21 in a match that lasted for 42minutes.Coming into the match as a favourite, Sindhu did not get the best of the startslosing the opening game 19-21. It was a close fight in the second game as wellwith Sindhu winning 23-21. With the match tied 1-1, Sindhu held on to hernerves to win the game 21-17 and seal the match in an hour and 27 minutes.Sindhu, who jumped to the fourth place in BWF Rankings earlier in the day, willnow be up against the fifth seeded Sun Yu of China. With Srikanth and Sindhu already in the last eight, other Indians in the frayto make it to the quarterfinals are Saina Nehwal, Ajay Jayaram and B SaiPraneeth. Both Sindhu and Srikanth are just a win away from guaranteeingthemselves a medal in the tournament.Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand is extremely pleased with the way thecampaign has shaped so far for the Indian contingent and is hopeful of a goodshow ahead. “So far it has really been a very good performance and I am very pleased withthe players. We did lose couple of close doubles matches that could have ourway but overall it has been satisfying so far,” Gopichand said on sidelines ofthe World Championships.Eighth seeded Srikanth, will be up against the top seeded Son Wan Hon of Koreain the next round. Srikanth and Son Wan have faced each other on eightoccasions before with both the players winning four times each. “Son Wan Ho is a very good player and both the players, played couple of reallyclose matches against each other this year with Srikanth winning both of them.Both the players know each other very well and it will be a great contest,”Gopichand added.Talking about chances of Indian players going the distance, Gopichand said,“All the players including Sindhu, Saina, Ajay, Srikanth, Sai have been doingreally good, but it is still early to say the number of medals that we couldend up winning. We are taking one match at a time and hopefully we willcontinue to do well in the tournament,” he added.While Gopichand is pleased with the entire unit, he heaped special praise onthe way Sai Praneeth has played so far. “It was very great to see the way Saihas won his match against Ginting yesterday. He played really well to pull itoff and it shows in general the way our players have improved physically andmentally,” the 1999 All England Champion said. While the singles playershave kept the flag flying high so far in the tournament, it was curtains forIndia in the doubles as the mixed doubles pair of N.Sikki Reddy and PranaavJerry Chopra went down fighting to the seventh seeded Indonesian duo of PraveenJordan and Debby Susanto 22-20, 18, 21 18-21.