PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu defeats Tunjung; qualifies for pre-quarterfinals of Indonesia Open

After having a dismal season, star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has gained her original form as she has reached the pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesian Open. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medal winner ousted Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in straight games in the opening round of the Indonesia Open World Tour Super 1000 event.

The former World Champion prevailed over her fierce competitor in straight sets (21-19, 21-15) to seal the pre-quarterfinals berth. This was also Sindhu’s first win against Tunjung in her last three games as she had lost to the Indonesian in the Madrid Masters final and Malaysian Masters semifinal earlier this year.

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With this win, Sindhu will have to pull her socks up as she faces third-seeded Tai Tzu Ying. The game won’t be easy for Sindhu as the Taiwanese is on an eight-match winning streak against the Indian badminton player and has a fantastic head-to-head record (18-5).

Additionally, Team India’s ace shuttler HS Prannoy also made his mark at the Indonesia Open. The badminton player defeated Japan’s Kento Nishimoto in straight sets (21-16, 21-14). Prannoy, who won the Malaysia Masters Super 300 event will now face Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus.

Well, in the middle of such awesome achievements, there are some failures too. The Indian duo of Tressa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand crashed out in the opening round of the tournament, losing to Japan’s Rin Iwanaga and Kie Nakanishi.