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.

HS Prannoy

HS Prannoy defeats Weng; wins maiden BWF World Tour Title

India’s ace shuttler HS Prannoy has ended his wait for a World Tour Title. The Indian men’s singles shuttler fought hard to overcome China’s Weng Hongyang 21-19, 13-21, 21-18 in the Malaysian Masters final at the Axiata Arena yesterday.

“I can’t believe that I’ve won my first title,” said Prannoy. “The past seven years have been full of ups and downs for me. I was always reaching the quarter-finals and semi-finals but I’ve never been able to cross the finish line. But I’ve always trusted the process and my results improved last year, and I regained my confidence” he added.

With this win, World No. 9 Prannoy became the first Indian to capture the men’s singles title in the prestigious badminton tournament.

In addition, Japan’s world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi defeated Indonesia’s world No. 9 Gregoria Mariska 21-17, 21-7 to win the women’s singles title. This was Yamaguchi’s second title in Malaysia this year after her Malaysian Open win in January.

In the post-match interview, Yamaguchi stated, “Malaysia is becoming a lucky place for me as this is my second title here this year. The fans here have always given me a lot of support.” She further added, “Moving forward, it’s important for me to keep playing with confidence.”

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