Hong Kong Open: Srikanth in quarters, Prannoy crashes out

Hong Kong, Ace India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Thursday advanced to the quarter-finals of the ongoing Hong Kong Open Super 500 badminton tournament after he registered a win over compatriot Sourabh Verma in the men’s singles match.

Srikanth defeated Verma 21-11, 15-21, 21-19 in the contest which lasted for 59 minutes. Earlier, Srikanth had avoided a first-round exit as he got a bye against World No.1 Kento Momota as the Japanese shuttler withdrew from the tournament.

In another men’s singles contest, H.S. Prannoy crashed out as he went down to World No. 6 Jonatan Christie in straight games. Prannoy suffered a 12-21, 19-21 defeat in the 38-minute contest.

Meanwhile, Rio Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu will face Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in a women’s singles match later in the day while Parupalli Kashyap will take on Chou Tien-chen in a men’s singles contest.

The Indian pair comprising Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa will be up against the Japanese duo of Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino in the mixed doubles category.

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