The ace Indian badminton divas PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal paved their ways for women’s singles quarterfinals in USD 355,000 Singapore Open on Thursday. Fourth-seeded PV Sindhu easily defeated the World No. 22 Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark with 21-13, 21-19 in the straight sets while for sixth-seeded Saina it was a hard nut to crack but she finally beat the Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand with the margin of 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 and clinched the spot in quarterfinals. The London Olympic bronze medallist will next face Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Sindhu who overshadowed Blichfeldt in just 39 minutes of the game will next lock horns with Chinese shuttler Cai Yanyan. The 19-year-old Chinese had won the bronze in BWF World Junior Championships 2017.
Though, it was not a good day for fellow Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap in Singapore Open as he lost narrowly against the fourth-seeded Chinese star Chen Long with 9-21 21-15 16-21 in men’s singles. The Olympic Champion Long thrashed Kashyap after a long battle in which both the players seem to put their best efforts to win. However, the third-ranked player in India Sameer Verma continued his winning momentum even in this tournament as he defeated China’s Lu Guangzu by scoring 21-15 21-18 in the straight sets. The 24-year-old Indian will next battle in the court either with second-seeded Chou Tien Chen of Taipei or Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark.
Earlier last week, Sindhu suffered a major defeat against world no.10 Sung Ji Hyun with the margin of 21-18, 21-7 in women’s single at India Open 2019. This was the second straight defeat of Indian against the Korean shuttler as Sindhu was shocked earlier in the first round of All England Championship 2019.