BIRMINGHAM: Star Indian shuttles, including PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen, recorded easy wins to advance to the quarter-finals of the singles events at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.
2018 silver medalist Sindhu faced no resistance from Uganda Husina Kobugabewinning 21-10 21-9 in their pre-quarterfinal match.
Srikanth, who also finished second in Gold Coast, also didn’t sweat en route to a 21-9 21-12 win over Dumindu Abeywickrama of Sri Lanka in the men’s singles.
World championship bronze medalist Sen also advanced to the quarter-finals with a 21-9 21-16 victory over Australia’s Ying Xiang Lin, while Aakarshi Kashyap prevailed 21-2 21-7 over Eva Kattirtzi of Cyprus to advance to the quarters.
Commonwealth Games silver medalists Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also cruised to a 21-8 21-7 win over Pakistan’s Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti to seal their place in the men’s doubles quarter-finals.
Earlier, the Indian women’s duo of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly entered the last eight with a 21-2 21-4 victory over Mauritius. Jemima Leung For Blood and Ganesha Mungrah.
Two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu will face Malaysia Goh Jin Wei in the next round for a place in the semi-finals.
Sindhu had beaten Goh in two close matches in the final of the mixed team event and can ill afford to let her guard down against the 22-year-old Malaysian, who won gold at the World Junior Championships in 2015 and 2018.
Former world number one Srikanth will face England’s Toby Penty, who is ranked 54th in the world, while CWG debutants Sen and Kashyap will face Paul Julien Georges of Mauritius and Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour respectively.
Gilmour is respectively silver and bronze medalist at the 2014 and 2018 editions.
World number 7 Satwik and Chirag will likely face Australians Jacob Schueler and Nathan Tang, while Gayatri and Treesa will meet Jamaicans Tahlia Richardson and Catherine Wynter.