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Huelva (Spain), December 16
Defending champion PV Sindhu stormed into the women’s singles quarterfinals of the BWF World Championships with a straight-game win over Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand here today.
The world No. 7 defeated her Thai opponent, ranked three places below her, 21-14 21-18 in a pre-quarterfinals match that lasted 48 minutes.
With this win, the sixth-seeded Sindhu extended her head-to-head record against Chochuwong to 5-3.
Sindhu also avenged her two losses to Chochuwong this season — a group match of the World Tour Finals earlier this month and All England Championships in March.
A tough test awaits the double Olympics medallist in the quarterfinals. She faces top seed and world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, who beat Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-10 19-21 21-11.
Meanwhile, both India’s women’s and men’s doubles teams suffered defeats in the pre-quarters.
The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost 13-21 15-21 to Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.
The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty suffered a 20-22 21-18 15-21 defeat to Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi of Malaysia. — PTI