Australian Open: India s Sindhu, Srikanth storm into quarterfinals with easy wins

India’s two-time Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu and former World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth advanced into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open badminton championship, winning their respective second-round matches in straight games.

Sindhu, who won a silver medal in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and a bronze in Tokyo 2020, defeated compatriot Aakarshi Kashyap 21-14, 21-10 in a 29-minute encounter.

Srikanth Kidambi is an Indian professional badminton player. A former world no. 1, Kidambi was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, in 2018. and the Arjuna award in 2015. In 2021, he became the first Indian to reach the World Championship final in the men’s singles discipline.

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player. Considered one of India’s most successful sportspersons, Sindhu has won medals at various tournaments such as the Olympics. And on the BWF circuit, including a gold at the 2019 World Championships.

Srikanth registered an equally comprehensive victory, beating Su Li Yang of Chinese Taipei 21-10, 21-17 in a second-round match in Court 3 at the Quaycentre in the BWF World Tour Super 500 event.

This was Sindhu’s first clash with Aakarshi and the more experienced player held the upper. Hand throughout the match, pressing home her advantage for a comfortable win. Sindhu, seeded fifth in the event, will next face fourth seed Beiwen Zhang of Malaysia, who reached the last-eight stage. With a hard-fought 19-21, 21-10, 21-12 win against Huang Yu-Hsun in a second-round clash.

Srikanth, who defeated Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-18, 21-7 in the first round, will meet the winner. Of the match between India’s Priyanshu Rajawat and Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei.

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