Indonesia Masters 2019: Sindhu, Srikanth storm into quarters with straight-game wins

first_imgPV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth looked in fine touch as they eased into the quarterfinal round at the Indonesia Masters with straight-game triumphs over their respective opponents in Jakarta on Thursday.Sindhu, seeded second, defeated local favourite Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 23-21, 21-7 in 37 minutes to make the last-eight stage of her season-opener, while eighth seed Srikanth recorded a clinical 21-14 21-9 win over Japan’s Asian Games bronze medallist Kenta Nishimoto.The 23-year-old from Hyderabad, who had won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championship and Asian Games before clinching the World Tour Final title last year, is expected to take on Spain’s Carolina Marin next.#DaihatsuIndonesiaMaster Update:@Pvsindhu1 puts in a flawless performance to eclipse past local shuttler G.M Tunjung in straight games 23-21, 21-7 to guarantee her QF berth. #IndiaontheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/d4PXy1UW8NBAI Media (@BAI_Media) January 24, 2019Srikanth, who had reached the quarterfinals at Malaysia Masters last week, will face either Indonesia’s Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie or China’s reigning All England champion Shi Yuqi.Sindhu, who had to pull out all stops against former Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the opening match, faced stiff competition in the extended opening game against Tunjung.However, she completely dominated the second game to wrap up the match in 37 minutes and extend her unbeaten record against Tunjung to 5-0.Srikanth, who had lost to the Japanese in their last meeting but held a 3-1 overall edge, quickly erased a 2-5 deficit early on and never looked back after grabbing a 11-8 lead at the break in the opening game.advertisementThe Indian dominated the second game with an initial 6-0 lead which swelled to 18-8 after the break and he eventually wrap up lop-sided contest in half an hour.Also Read | Chen Long, Son Wan Ho honour Lee Chong Wei with podium picture at Malaysia MastersAlso Read | Indonesia Masters 2019: Saina survives scare in 1st round, Praneeth crashes outlast_img

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