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Sindhu, Srikanth reach quarters

Singapore: PV Sindhu entered the quarter finals with a victory in women’s singles, but it was young Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who created a flutter at the $ 300,000 Singapore Super Series, with a stunning win over world No. 10 Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam here on Thursday.

Another Indian youngster, B Sai Praneeth, also made the last eight stage by registering a straight-game win over Zi Liang Derek Wong of Singapore.

Sindhu, who won the Malaysia Open and Macau Open last year besides the prestigious World Championships bronze, prevailed over Japan’s Shizuka Uchida 21-17, 17-21, 21-16 in a women’s singles match. The Indian will next take on World No. 3 Yihan Wang on Friday.

After three first-round exits in the All England, Swiss Open and India Super Series, Srikanth finally found his form as he notched up an upset 18-21, 21-15, 21-8 win over the World Championships bronze medallist.

Thailand Open champion, Srikanth, who was the finalist at the India Grand Prix Gold earlier this year, will next take on Hong Kong’s Yun Hu in the quarter finals.

The Indian has a 1-0 record against Hu, having beaten him at the Maybank Malaysia Open early in the season.

World No. 50 Sai Praneeth managed to prevail over his opponent from Singapore, ranked 43rd, 24-22, 21-19 in a match that lasted 39 minutes. He will be up against world No. 7 Chinese Du Pengyu in the quarter finals.

Du Pengyu had posted a hard-fought win over India’s H S Prannoy 21-17, 18-21, 21-12 in the last round.

In the men’s doubles competition, Alwin Franchis and Arun Vishnu were humbled by the top seeded Indonesian combo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 21-17, 24-22.

Meanwhile, a first-round exit at the India Open Super Series last week resulted in Sindhu dropping out of the world top 10, in the latest BWF ranking released on Thursday. However, Saina Nehwal was still at eighth place. Parupalli Kashyap jumped four places to be back in the top 20.