The Indian trio of P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and K. Srikanth eased into the Indonesia Masters’ badminton quarterfinals with straight-game victories over their respective opponents.
Second seed Sindhu defeated local favourite Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 23-21, 21-7 in 37 minutes. The 23-year-old, who had won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championship and Asian Games before clinching the World Tour Final title last year, is expected to take on Spain’s Carolina Marin next.
Saina posted a 21-17, 21-15 win over Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani for her fifth victory overall. Eighth seed Srikanth was clinical in his 21-14, 21-9 win over Japan’s Asian Games bronze medallist Kenta Nishimoto. Srikanth will play either Indonesia’s Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie or China’s reigning All England champion Shi Yuqi.
However, the men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy lost 14-21, 21-17, 10-21 to fifth seeds Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark.