Star Indian shuttles including PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen recorded easy victories to storm into the quarter-finals of singles events at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Friday. Sindhu, a silver medalist at the 2018 edition, was expected to face no resistance from Ugandan Husina Kobugabe, winning 21-10 21-9 in her pre-quarter final. Srikanth, who also finished second in Gold Coast, also didn’t break a sweat en route to a 21-9 21-12 win over Sri Lanka’s Dumindu Abeywickrama in the men’s singles.
A world championship bronze medalist, Sen moved too far into the last eight with a 21-9 21-16 victory over Australian Ying Xiang Lin, while Aakarshi Kashyap triumphed 21-2 21-7 over Cypriot Eva Kattirtzi to take the quarter-finals.
Commonwealth Games silver medalists Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also galloped to a 21-8 21-7 victory over Pakistani Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti to secure their place in the men’s doubles quarter-finals.
Earlier, Indian women’s couple Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly had made it to the last eight with a 21-2 21-4 victory over Mauritius’ Jemimah Leung For Sang and Ganesha Mungrah.
Double Olympic medalist Sindhu will face Malaysian Goh Jin Wei in the next round for a place in the semifinals.
Sindhu had beaten Goh in two tight matches in the final of the mixed team event and cannot afford to lower her vigilance against the 22-year-old Malaysian, a gold winner of the World Junior Championships in 2015 and 2018.
Srikanth, the former world number one, takes on England’s Toby Penty, who is ranked 54th in the world, while CWG debutants Sen and Kashyap take on Mauritius’s Paul Julien Georges and Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour respectively. .
Gilmour is a silver and bronze medalist in the 2014 and 2018 editions respectively.
The world’s No. 7, Satwik and Chirag, will likely face Australia’s Jacob Schueler and Nathan Tang, while Gayatri and Treesa will face Jamaican Tahlia Richardson and Katherine Wynter.
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