Bangkok: Top shuttlers PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy progressed to the women’s and men’s singles pre-quarterfinals with straight game wins on a mixed day for India at the USD 350,000 BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament here on Wednesday. Sindhu brushed aside Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri 21-8 21-15 in the opening round to set up a clash with Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin.
Playing only his second tournament after recovering from an inflammation in his ankle, Prannoy defeated Spain’s Pablo Abian 21-16 21-19 in a men’s singles match at Nimibutr Stadium. The fourth-seeded Indian will face experienced Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia on Thursday. Returning to action after recovering from a stress fracture on his shin, Parupalli Kashyap saw off Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue 21-15 21-17 to set up a pre-quarterfinal match against Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama.
However, it was curtains for Swiss Open champion Sameer Verma and young Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka in the opening round. Among others, women’s doubles pairing of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram, mixed duo of Saurabh Sharma and Anoushka Parikh, and Tarun Kona and Saurabh Sharma crashed out of the tournament.