Badminton: India's hopes still intact at the Indonesia Open
India's top shuttlers PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy won their respective games to enter the quarters of Indonesia Open. Prannoy stunned the two-time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan, in the first round of the tournament. He then defeated Wang Tzu Wei. On the other hand, Sindhu defeated Aya Ohori. However, former world number 1, Kidambi Srikanth could not get through the first round.
In a two set contest, which lasted around 40 minutes, Chen Yufei of China got the better of Saina. However, before being eliminated by the world number 5 in the second round, Saina had clinched a promising victory against Dinar Dyah of Indonesia. Notably, Saina had won a gold medal at the recently concluded Commonwealth games.
PV Sindhu will play against China's number two player, He Bingjiao in the quarter finals. Sindhu had made it to the top four in this year's All England tournament, where she lost in the hands of the eventual winner Akane Yamaguchi. He Bingjiao won her second round fixture against Busanan, in a convincing manner. The tie lasted only 32 minutes.
Indonesia Open has been taking place annually since 1982. It is one of the only three 1000 level badminton tournaments in the world. Indonesians, Chinese and South Koreans lead the list of the most number of winners. India have won titles on four occasions.
Shi Yuqi will play against HS Prannoy in the quarter final match of this annual tournament. Shi had it easy in the last round but Prannoy was forced into a 3 setter. Prannoy eventually won his second round match against Wang Tzu Wei 21-23, 21-15, 21-13 If Prannoy and Victor Axelsen prevail, we would have a mouth-watering semi final between them.