Asian Badminton Championship 2022: PV Sindhu, Chirag-Satwik enter quarters

Two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu defeated Jaslyn Hooi ranked 100th, 21-16, 21-16 in 42 minutes to set up a clash with third seed Chinese He Bing Jiao.

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu; Credit: Twitter/@Badminton_Asia

Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated lowly ranked Yue Yann Jaslyn Hooi of Singapore in straight sets in women’s singles to advance to the quarter-finals of Badminton Asian Championship in Manila on Thursday.  Indian men’s doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also made it to the quarter-final of the competition by getting the better of Japan’s Akira Koga and Taichi Saito. Meanwhile Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth’s journey in the tournament came to an end. 

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Two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu defeated Jaslyn Hooi ranked 100th, 21-16, 21-16 in 42 minutes to set up a clash with third seed Chinese He Bing Jiao, whom she had beaten for a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics. The World number 7 Indian, who had claimed a bronze in the 2014 Gimcheon edition of the competition, has a 7-9 head-to-head record against Bing Jiao, whom she had beaten twice in the last two meetings. 

Third seeded men’s doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag produced a fine performance to advance to the last-eight round with a 21-17, 21-15 win over the Japanese pair of Koga and Saito. The world number 7 Indian pair will next face fifth seeded Malaysian combination of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik or Singaporean duo of Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Jun Liang Andy Kwek. 

Saina  lost 21-12, 7-21, 13-21 against 22-year-old Chinese Wang Zhi Ti, ranked 16th in the world. The London Olympic bronze medalist is on a comeback trail from some injuries and had skipped the selection trials for the upcoming major events such as Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Uber cup. 

Seventh seeded Indian shuttler Srikanth failed to get past China’s Wang Hong Yang as he lost 16-21, 21-17, 17-21 in the men’s singles second round match that lasted an hour and 17 minutes. It was a tightly contested match as both shuttlers gave their everything but in the end, Srikanth couldn’t up his game and lost. 



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