Former champion PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth recorded contrasting victories to advance to the quarter-finals of the China Open World Tour Super 750 here on Thursday.
Srikanth managed to script a come-from-behind 10-21 21-9 21-9 win over Tommy Sugiarto in a 45-minute men’s singles match. The 25-year-old had won the China Open in 2014, getting the better of the legendary Lin Dan of China. Next, he will face Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen, who won a silver medal at the Jakarta Asian Games this year.
In the women’s singles contest, Sindhu didn’t give any chance to Busanan to come near her in the first game as she led right from the start and reached 11-4 at the break before slowly extending the advantage seal the game. In the second game, Sindhu had a 4-0 early advantage, but seven straight points helped Busanan to turn the tables and take a 7-4 lead.
The Indian, however, managed to wrest an 11-8 lead and kept her nose ahead to quell her rival’s challenge. In the men’s singles, Tommy, son of former world champion Icuk Sugiarto, dished out a dominating game to leave Srikanth to do the catching up act in the opening game. The 30-year-old Indonesian grabbed an 11-6 lead at the break and comfortably moved ahead even as the Indian struggled.
Srikanth soon changed his tactics and came out with all cylinders blazing, moving to a 11-6 lead and then dominating the proceedings completely. The Indian gave away just three more points while grabbing the remaining 10 points to roar back into contest. Srikanth dominated the decider as well, jumping from 7-3 to 13-3 before shutting the door on his rival with a similar 21-9 margin.