Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen sailed into the pre-quarterfinals of their respective singles occasions after recording comfy victories on the Commonwealth Video games right here on Thursday.
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Whereas two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu routed Maldives’ Fathimath Nabaaha Abdul Razzaq 21-4 21-11 within the girls’s singles first spherical, Srikanth outclassed Daniel Wanagaliya of Uganda 21-9 21-9 within the males’s singles occasion.
Later within the day, Sen and Akarshi Kashyap joined the senior duo within the spherical of 16 after notching up contrasting wins of their respective opening males’s and girls’s singles matches.
World championships bronze medallist Sen was up in opposition to an opponent greater than twice his age — 45-year-old Vernon Smeed of St Helena — and the Indian eased to a 21-1 21-6 win in fast time.
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Nonetheless, Kashyap needed to toil arduous in her opening spherical match in opposition to Mahoor Shahzad and made it the subsequent spherical after the Pakistani shuttler suffered an harm and retired whereas trailing 1-8 within the second recreation.
Sindhu will subsequent face Uganda’s Husina Kobugabe, Srikanth takes on Sri Lanka’s Dumindu Abeywickrama, Sen will sq. off in opposition to Australia’s Lin Ying Xiang and World quantity 57 Kashyap will meet Cyprus’s Eva Kattirtzi.
Nonetheless, it was curtains for Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy, who suffered a 18-21 16-21 loss to world quantity 47 Callum Hemming and Jessica Pugh within the opening spherical of blended doubles competitors.
Taking the court docket first, the final version’s silver medallist Sindhu didn’t want her ‘A’ recreation for the reason that Maldives shuttler was no match to her class.
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Fathimath produced some resistance within the second recreation however Sindhu pulled away from 9-9.
Srikanth was crestfallen after dropping his singles match in opposition to lower-ranked Tze Yong Ng of Malaysia within the blended staff remaining however the world quantity 13 Indian appeared to have taken it in his stride as he comfortably beat his rival.
He used his cross-court angled drop photographs to good impact to pocket factors.
A lot of the factors which the Ugandan shuttler managed have been from unforced errors of Srikanth.
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