Commonwealth Games 2022 badminton: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth ease into quarter-finals

PV Sindhu won her match in straight games. Lakshya Sen and the pair of Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand also progressed in their respective events.

By Ali Asgar Nalwala
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Indian badminton players PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth cruised into the quarter-finals of their respective singles events at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK, on Friday.

PV Sindhu, a former world champion, beat Uganda’s Husina Kobugabe 21-10, 21-9 in her round of 16 women’s singles match.

World championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth, meanwhile, saw the back of Sri Lanka’s Dumindu Abeywickrama after beating him 21-9, 21-12 in the men’s singles. Kidambi Srikanth will take on world No. 54 Toby Penty of England in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Playing on the badminton courts at the National Exhibition Centre, it was another straightforward victory for two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu as she dominated world No. 234 Husina Kobugabe from the first point.

Though a few misjudgments from PV Sindhu on the line made the scoreboard more respectable in both the games, the Indian, seventh in the badminton world rankings, was clinical throughout the match which lasted just 21 minutes.

While PV Sindhu has had an easy run till the quarter-finals, she will face Malaysia’s Youth Olympic Games champion Goh Jin Wei for a place in the semis on Saturday.

Goh Jin Wei had almost pulled off a major upset against PV Sindhu in the badminton mixed team event final between India vs Malaysia earlier at CWG 2022.

Meanwhile, India’s young women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, who suffered a loss in India’s mixed team final against Malaysia, beat Jemimah Leung For Sang and Ganesha Mungrah of Mauritius 21-2, 21-4 to sail into the quarter-finals.

Later in the day, India’s top-ranked badminton player Lakshya Sen will be up against Australia’s Lin Ying Xiang while India’s Thomas Cup heroes Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty will take on Pakistan’s Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti in men’s doubles.

Aakarshi Kashyap will play Eva Kattirtzi of Cyprus for a place in the women’s singles quarter-finals.

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