Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu on Thursday celebrated her 23rd birthday in a grand style as she registered a comfortable straight-game victory over Japan’s Aya Ohori to secure a spot in the quarter-finals of the ongoing Indonesia Open badminton tournament in Jakarta. Also Read - PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth And N Sikki Reddy Resume Training After Coronavirus-Forced Break
The Rio Olympic silver medallist, who has had reached the semifinals at Malaysia Open last week, was not made to sweat much by her Japanese opponent as the Indian registered an easy 21-17, 21-14 win in the second-round contest that lasted for just 36 minutes. After a nervy start to the match, Sindhu did not let Ohori dominate and stunned the Japanese player with her speed and skills. Also Read - Badminton: PV Sindhu Believes Players Need To Get Used To Playing In Empty Stadiums After COVID-19 Outbreak
The Indian shuttler was trailing 0-3 in the first game, but she quickly gained the momentum and took a lead of five points. From there on, she did not look back and went on to seal the first game 21-17. In the second game, the World No. 3 showed absolute class and was leading the game 11-3 after gaining the initial lead of two points. Later, she grabbed a lead of seven points to hamper the hopes of her Japanese opponent, who despite trying really hard could not get back into the match and conceded the game 14-21. Also Read - PV Sindhu Reveals Turning Point of Her Career, Says Beating Olympic Champion Li Xuerui Gave me Confidence
This was Sindhu’s fifth win against 17th-ranked Ohori in as many games. She will now shuttle it out either against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan or China’s He Bingjiao to book her place in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, HS Prannoy also booked his place in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles event after defeating Wang Tzu Wei of Taiwan 21-13, 21-15, 21-13 in the second-round contest that lasted for an hour.
Meanwhile, London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will also aim to seal a last-eight spot when she faces Chen Yufei later in the day. Sameer Verma will also be in action today when he shuttles it out against Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in his second round clash.