HS Prannoy reaches pre-quarters of badminton World Championships with straight-games win

HS Prannoy beat Malaysia’s Daren Liew 21-7,21-17 in a match that lasted 42 minutes while women’s doubles pair Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy stunned 14th seeds Liu Xuan Xuan and Xia Yu Ting 21-11, 9-21, 21-13 in 51 minutes.

Prannoy finished the game in 42 minutes. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prannoy defeated Daren Liew 21-7, 21-17 in 42 minutes
  • dominated the opening game and sealed the match in the second after impressive long rallies
  • women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy stunned 14th seeds Liu Xuan Xuan and Xia Yu Ting
HS Prannoy and the women’s doubles team of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy on Wednesday advanced into the pre-quarter-finals of the ongoing BWF World Championships 2021 in Huelva. HS Prannoy defeated Daren Liew 21-7, 21-17 in 42 minutes. The Indian dominated the opening game and sealed the match in the second after impressive long rallies. The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy stunned 14th seeds Liu Xuan Xuan and Xia Yu Ting 21-11, 9-21, 21-13 in 51 minutes.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov have progressed to the round of 16 after overcoming MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila 21-11, 21-16.

On Tuesday, reigning world champion PV Sindhu started the defence of her title with straight games victory over Martina Repiska. Two-time Olympic medallist Indian defeated shuttler from Slovakia by 21-7, 21-9 in just 24 minutes.

In men’s singles, Lakshya Sen had and former world number one Indian Kidambi Srikanth also cruised into the round of 16.

On Tuesday, defending champion PV Sindhu reached the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals with an easy 21-7 21-9 win over Martina Repiska of Slovakia. Sindhu had got a first-round bye. She will face Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand in the pre-quarterfinals.

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