Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s singles competition after defeating Korea’s Kim Hyo Min in the second round of the World Championship in Glasgow on Tuesday.
Sindhu, who twice won bronze medals at the 2013 and 2014 editions, notched up a 21-16 21-14 win over Kim in a 49-minute match, to extend her head-to-head record against the Korean to 4-1 in five meetings.
The 22-year-old, who received a bye in the opening round, will face either Russian’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya or Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi, 13th seed, in the next round.
Sindhu, from the word go, dominated her opponent and won eight consecutive points in the first set. Even though Kim Hyo Min fought back to win the next two points, Sindhu continued her rampage and made it 11-5 to keep a healthy lead and then later went on to win the first set 21-16. Going into the second set, Kim Hyo Min showed some resistance but Sindhu wrapped up the game up 21-14.
The last time Sindhu had faced Kim, she had suffered a straight-game defeat at 2016 Australian Open and the Indian came out all cylinders blazing today as she dished out a dominating game to zoom to a 8-0 lead in the first game
Ajay Jayaram & Sai Praneeth marches into next round
Ajay Jayaram’s fluent win over Austria’s Luka Wraber at the BWF World Championships 2017 on Tuesday ensured that India’s challenge in the singles section of both men’s and women’s draw is yet to face a defeat.
Jayaram was not required to break much sweat as after taking a 9-0 lead in the opening game, he could afford preserving some energy for the tough battles ahead. He won it 21-14 in the end.
The 13th-seeded Indian continued his dominant form to take a 6-3 lead at the start of game two and extended it to 12-7, leaving the Austrian in a futile chasing mode throughout the remainder of the match.
In the end, he improved on the score in the first game to win the second at 21-12.
15th seed Sai Praneeth also register a win over Wei Nan in straight sets by 21-18, 21-17 to book his spot in the next round of World Badminton Championship.