Mumbai: On Thursday, World Championship bronze winner Lakshya Sen and Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu progressed to the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament with contrasting wins here.
Sen, ranked world No 9, defeated his Danish opponent Rasmus Gemke 21-18 21-15 in 54 minutes in the men’s singles. He will next face Chinese Taipei’s third seed Chou Tien Chen.
In the women’s singles, Sindhu was made to toil hard for over an hour by Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia before winning 23-21 20-22 21-11 in the second round. A tough quarterfinal awaits fourth seeded Sindhu as she will next take on Thailand’s fifth seed Ratchanok Intanon, who defeated Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-1719-2121-15 in another second round match.
Earlier in the first round, Sindhu, seventh in the badminton world rankings, came from behind to beat world No 22 Line Christophersen of Denmark 21-18, 15-21, 11-21 in her women’s singles opener.The Indian shuttler took an early 8-3 lead in the first game but was pegged back after conceding a series of successive points to her Danish opponent.
In the second game, Sindhu recovered well to come back from an 11-10 deficit to stretch the match into the decider.The deciding game, however, was a straightforward affair for the two-time Olympic medallist. After being tied at 6-6, Sindhu dominated the match and lost only five points from thereon.