Rising Indian shuttler P V Sindhu overcame a fighting Kaori Imabeppu of Japan to secure her place in the third round of the womens singles competition at the World Badminton Championships here on Wednesday.
Seeded 10th,Sindhu,who won the Malaysia Grand Prix in May this year,had to sweat it out for seventy one sapping minutes to prevail over unseeded Imabeppu 21-19 19-21 21-17. World No. 12 Sindhu,who made her debut at the World Championship,had beaten her opponent in the Japan Open last year.
Sindhu,who got a bye previously,will have to raise her game as she is all set to face World No. 2 Wang Yihan of China in the third round.
I have already played her once in Sudirman Cup. I had taken the match to three games. So I will give my 100 per cent tomorrow and hopefully will do well, she said.
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Saina Nehwal started her campaign for an elusive medal at the World Championships with a crushing 21-5 21-4 victory over lower-ranked Olga Golovanova of Russia in just 23 minutes. Saina,who had reached the quarterfinals of previous editions in 2009 and 2011,set up a clash with 15th seed Thai Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the pre-quarterfinals tomorrow. Saina has a 5-0 record against Porntip.
It was a good match. I was playing her for the first time but it went on pretty well, said Saina.
In another mens singles match,13th seed Parupalli Kashyap kept his hopes alive as he emerged victorious after his opponent Petr Koukal from Czech Republic retired hurt mid-way through the first game at 14-5. Kashyap faces Yun Hu of Hong Kong in the third round.
Ajay Jayaram suffered a shock straight-game loss to Pablo Abian in a 31-minute contest in the mens singles. World No. 24 Ajay,who had stunned world No. 12 Wing Ki in the opening match on Tuesday,lost 9-21 17-21 against the Spaniard ranked 88th.
It was heartbreak for India in the mens doubles competition,as Tarun Kona and Arun Vishnu crashed out in the second round,but not before giving a tough fight to the fancied Indonesian pair of Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Markis Kido. The unseeded Indian duo fought for 40 minutes before going down 15-21 21-13 17-21 to the 15th seeded Indonesians.
Top-Seeded Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and second-seeded Chen Long of China made it through to the third round. Lee rallied for a 14-21,21-18,21-11 second-round victory over Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia,while Chen beat Sho Sasaki of Japan 21-15,21-12.
Former top-ranked player and defending world champion Lin Dan of China beat Eric Pang of the Netherlands 21-14,21-17.
Lin,now ranked 100th because of injuries following his second straight Olympic gold medal last year,is on course for a quarterfinal match with Chen.