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Sindhu moves into quarterfinals in Korean Open; Sen fails to progress

By wasmulhaq 
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Badminton star PV Sindhu sailed into the quarterfinals, beating Aya Ohori of Japan in an easy straight game. Meanwhile, the journey of Lakshya Sen and Malvika Bansod ended early as they lost their second round matches at the Korea Open Super 500 badminton tournament on Thursday.

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Sindhu, the world number seven, played superb badminton and outclassed her Japanese opponent, Ohori, 21-15, 21-10, in a one-sided contest.

Sindhu’s next opponent will be her familiar foe, Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan, whom she defeated in the final of the Swiss Open last month.

Sindhu wins two Super 300 titles

The former world champion, who has won two Super 300 titles this season at the Syed Modi International and the Swiss Open, leads the world number 11 shuttler from Thailand 16-1 in 17 meetings.

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In the men’s singles, India’s Lakshya Sen went down in straight games to world No. 24 Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia in the second round of the Korea Open Badminton Championships on Thursday. The match lasted just 33 minutes at Palma Stadium.

The other fast rising shuttler from the country, Bansod, lost to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong, 8-21, 14-21, in a second round women’s singles clash. The match ended in 39 minutes.

The mixed doubles pair of Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa had to meet the same fate. The duo fought hard till the end  but finally lost by 20-22, 21-18, and 14-21 to the fifth-seeded Chinese combine of Ou Xuan Yi and Huang Ya Qiong in an exciting battle.

In the women’s singles, Sindhu remained cool on the court and never allowed her opponent to come back in the match that lasted 37 minutes. Sindhu started well and kept Ohori guessing throughout the match.

The Japanese came back strongly in the second set with a 8-4 lead, but Sindhu played some remarkable shots and put her opponent on edge. During this period, she grabbed 17 of the next 19 points to end the hope of Ohori.

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Earlier, the sixth seed, Sen, who has been playing exciting badminton for the last six months, failed to maintain his form. He played two back-to-back finals at the German Open and the prestigious All England Championships, losing to Rhustavito in the first game. The 20-year-old Indian then struggled in the second game and conceded the match quite easily in the end.

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