India’s HS Prannoy scored a straight win against Daren Liew from Malaysia and reached the pre-quarter finals of the BWF Badminton World Championship on Wednesday.
Prannoy defeated his Malaysian opponent 21: 7 21:17 in a 42-minute men’s singles second round match. He will play in the preliminary quarter-finals against the winner of another second round match between Luis Enrique Penalver from Spain and Rasmus Gemke from Denmark.
Prannoy joined two other Indians, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen, in the men’s singles ahead of the quarter-finals of the flagship tournament. Prannoy encountered little opposition from Liew in the first game. From 8-5, the Indian took eight points in a row to zoom in to 16-5 before easily pocketing it.
The second game was more competitive and the two players were leveled at 6-6. But from then on, Prannoy never fell behind when he crossed on 16-11. The Malaysian narrowed the gap, but Prannoy was up 19-16 before sinking the second game and match.
The women’s doubles Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also reached the pre-quarterfinal round game in 51 minutes after a hard-fought 21-11 9-21 21-13 win over the Chinese pair Liu Xuan Xuan and Xia Yu Ting.
In the men’s doubles, however, the Indian pair MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila lost to the eleventh seeded Russian pair Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov 11-21 16-21 in a second round match that lasted 41 minutes.
On Tuesday, defending champion PV Sindhu reached the pre-quarterfinals in the women’s singles with an easy 21: 7 21: 9 victory over Martina Repiska from Slovakia. Sindhu said goodbye in the first round. In the pre-quarter finals she meets Pornpawee Chochuwong from Thailand.
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