Sindhu advances in Hong Kong Open


Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu advanced into the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Open Superseries after she defeated Japan's Aya Ohori in the second round. Sindhu lost her last showdown with the Japanese in straight games in the semi-finals of the French Open.

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Second-seeded Sindhu is now expected to take on China Open victor Akane Yamaguchi in the next match.

In the men's singles, Prannoy moved into the second round after a 19-21, 21-17, 21-15 win in an hour and one minute over Hong Kong's Hu Yun. The players met for the first time.

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Sakai defeated the World No. 10 Indian, 11-21, 21-10, 21-15 to enter the quarter-finals. Second seed Sindhu drubbed Leung Yuet Yee of Hong Kong 21-18, 21-10 while Saina downed Mette Poulsen of Denmark 21-19, 23-21. Just when it looked like he might get his first win in three meetings over the Japanese, Sakai stormed back spectacularly to grab the second game, 21-10. In the first game, the Indian shuttler was at his best.

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