After a mixed-emotions day at All England Open Badminton Championship in Birmingham on March 15, Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu overcame her Thai counterpart Nitchaon Jindapol to make her way to the quarter finals; H S Prannoy made his way to the quarter-final round of tournament. However, third seeded Kidambi Srikanth lost in the second round.
Indian badminton players had made a grandiose footstep in the All England Open Badminton Championship in Birmingham this year. However, the second round of the tournament on Thursday proved to be a mixed day for Indian shuttlers as they faced different outcomes. Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu overcame through her tough-to-beat counterpart from Thailand – Nitchaon Jindapol and made her way to women’s singles quarter final. Unseeded H S Prannoy beat his Indonesian contender Tommy Sugiarto to make his way to the men’s singles quarter finals at the All England Open tournament.
However, for different outcomes, third seeded Kidambi Srikanth lost the match in men’s singles pre-quarter final match against Chinese shuttler Huang Yuxiang to bow away from the tournament. For Prannoy, the next challenged at the All England Open Badminton Championshio will be against Huang for the quarters. Also, Indian men’s doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty failed to cheer up the Indian audience as went down against the second seeded pair of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen after a tough one-hour long match.
For Sindhu, it was a hard-fought win over Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol as she made a strong opening match with a lead that piled up to score of 21-13. However, for the second match of the pre-quarter final round, the Thai shuttler bounced back with a score of 13-21 giving neck-to-neck competition to Sindhu. But soon in the third match, Sindhu recovered from a mid-way slump with a stunning score of 21-18 to pave her way to the quarter finals. It was comparatively easier for Prannoy to step to the next level in the tournament as it took 38 minutes to beat Sugiarto 21-10, 21-19 in the second round.