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Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth advance to quarters with easy wins

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

Star Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Nehwal and new world No 1 Kidambi cruised into the quarterfinals of their respective singles events with easy wins in competition here today.

It was an all-win day for the Indian shuttlers as everyone stormed into the last-eight stage in their respective events.

Sindhu, who has recovered from an ankle injury, was stretched a bit by her Australian opponent in the first game before clinching the match 21-15 21-9 in a 34-minute round of 16 women's singles match.

The Rio silver medallist did not play in the mixed team event which was won by

"She (Chen) is a junior player, so she's doing really well. I didn't take it easy because you never know anything can happen at any moment. I just played my game and finished it off," said after her match.

Asked about the possibility of two all-Indian finals in the men's and women's singles, said, "I think definitely yes. We are going to see ourselves in the finals both sides. It would definitely be a good thing."

Nehwal, the 2012 medallist, did not have to sweat at all as her opponent of retired hurt in the second game after the Indian had won the first 21-4. Nehwal was leading 2-0 in the second game when Li decided to retire.

Li injured her right ankle at the end of the first set which forced her to concede the match.

"The last point was really tricky because I didn't know (what had happened to her). Yes she fell, but I didn't know if it was bad, ankles are delicate. It will definitely be a for her. It's and we all wish to play. But, a match is a match. She tried her best," Nehwal said.

Young Ruthvika Gadde also made it to the quarterfinals with a 21-10 21-23 21-10 win over of in another round of 16 match.

In men's singles, celebrated his Numero Uno status with an easy 21-10 21-10 win over Niluka Karunaratne of in just 33 minutes in his singles round of 16 match.

H S Prannoy also joined in the quarterfinals with a comfortable 21-18 21-11 victory over of the host country.

In mixed doubles, the pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa beat and of 21-10 21-7 to sail into the quarterfinals while Pranaav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also did the same with a 21-19 21-13 win over Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/of

Ponappa then paired with N Sikki Reddy to beat duo of and 21-18 21-13 to also enter the women's doubles quarterfinals.

In men's doubles, the Indian pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat the duo of and 21-8 21-12.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 19:00 IST
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