Australian Open: Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal advance to quarterfinals

Kidambi Srikanth booked his place in the quarterfinals after beating the World No. 1 Son Wan Ho 15-21, 21-13 for the second time in two weeks. He stunned the South Korean last week in the semifinals of the Indonesia Super Series Premier.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 22, 2017 5:35 pm
Kidambi Srikanth, srikanth, sai praneeth, praneeth, australian open, Son Wan Ho, badminton, sports news, indian express K Srikanth beat World No. 1 Son Wan Ho in the second round of the Australian Open.

Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal carry India’s Australian Open Super Series campaign to the next stage as they book their quarterfinals seat in the ongoing tournament in Sydney.

Srikanth did it again! The Indonesia Open champion beat reigning World No. 1 Son Wan Ho 15-21, 21-13, 21-13 in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals.

Srikanth booked his place in the quarterfinals after beating the South Korean for the second time in two weeks. He stunned Son Wan Ho 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 last week in the semifinals of the Indonesia Super Series Premier to book his spot in the final, where he lifted the trophy after beating Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai.

Srikanth has reached three quarterfinals in the last five tournaments that he has participated in.

Saina Nehwal gets the better of Soniia Cheah to seal a quarters berth. The defending champion defeated the Malaysian badminton player 21-15, 20-22, 21-14. Cheah made a comeback in the second game after Nehwal won the first. However, the Hyderabad shuttler took the lead in the decider to book her spot in the quarterfinals.

PV Sindhu gave an outstanding performance in the second round, beating Chen Xiaoxin to seal a quarters berth at the Australian Open. She beat the Chinese player 21-13, 21-18.

Meanwhile, B Sai Praneeth kept India’s campaign strong by becoming the second quarterfinalist for India after he registered a thrilling 21-15, 18-21, 21-13 win against Huang Yuxiang of China.

After sealing the opening game, Sai trailed behind 19-12 in the second game. However, he took the lead in the later half of the neck and neck decider to book his spot in the quarterfinals along with Srikanth.

Srikanth and Praneeth will now face each other in an all-Indian quarter-final at the Australian Open.

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