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Sindhu enters Thailand Open QF with easy win

P Kashyap, Prannoy crash out of event.

Bangkok: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu was the only bright spot on a dismal day for Indian badminton as she progressed to the quarterfinals with a straight-game win at the $350,000 Thailand Open World Super 500 tournament on Thursday.

On a day when rest of the Indian shuttlers found the going tough, world no 3 Sindhu, who clinched the silver medal at Commonwealth Games, continued her impressive run with a 21-16 21-14 win over Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin to set up a fight with USA’s Soniia Cheah on Friday.

2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap put up a brave fight before going down 18-21 21-18 19-21 to Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama, while fourth seed HS Prannoy also went down 18-21 14-21 to Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro to crash out.

Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also lost to Japanese world no 16 pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe.

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