Saina, Sindhu Ease Into All England Open Quarters


New Delhi: Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu and ace India shuttler Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarterfinals by winning their respective women’s singles matches of the All England Open badminton championships on Thursday at the Barclaycard Arena.

The world number six Sindhu tamed Indonesian Dinar Dyah Ayustine 21-12, 21-4 while the eight seed Nehwal defeated German qualifier Fabienne Deprez 21-18, 21-10. Saina, the 2015 finalist, faced a tough fight from the German in the first set before winning the match in 35 minutes. She had defeated defending champion Nozomi Okuhara in the first round on Wednesday.

Sindhu dominated from start to finish to drub 39th ranked Indonesia’s Ayustine her women’s second round match. Sindhu, who has now won seven matches on the trot this year, needed just half-an-hour to defeat the Indonesian in the second round. Sindhu, who was leading 11-5 at the changeover, used her height to good effect and won the first game 21-12 in just 16 minutes.

In the second game, she got off to a blistering start and was way ahead of her opponent Ayustine 11-3 at the changeover and eventually won the second game 21-4 in just 14 minutes. Sindhu won the Syed Modi international badminton championships in January this year.  Meanwhile the world number 22 HS Prannoy lost to sixth seed Houwei Tian of China 21-13, 21-5.

On Wednesday, the world number 6 had defeated 33rd ranked Denmark’s Mette Poulsen 21-10 21-11 in her first round and another ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal had beaten defending champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-15, 21-14 to improve her head-to-head record to 6-1 against her.