Olympic medallists P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal sailed into the women’s singles semi-finals while men’s world number two Kidambi Srikanth also notched up a comfortable win in the 82nd Senior National Badminton Championship in Nagpur on Monday.
In the women’s singles quarter-finals, London Games bronze medallist Saina thrashed Aakarshi Kashyap 21-17, 21-10. In another last-eight match, Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu proved too good for Shriyanshi Pardeshi, winning her match 21-11, 21-17.
In the men’s singles competition, India’s top male shuttler Srikanth had it easy as he dispatched Shubham Prajapati 21-17, 23-21. The proceedings in the quarter-finals started with the mixed doubles duo of Satwik Sai Raj R and Ashwini Ponnappa taking on Shivam Sharma and Poorvisha S Ram.
Satwik and Ponnappa, with their high speed and seamless coordination, managed to bag the first game 21-14 and the second 21-12.
Main results of the day: Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal (PET) beat Aakarshi Kashyap (AAI) 21-17 21-10; P V Sindhu (AP) beat Shriyanshi Pardeshi (MP) 21-11 21-17
Men’s singles: Kidambi Srikanth (PET) beat Shubham Prajapati (MP) 21-17 23-21
Mixed doubles: Satwik Sai Raj and Ashwini Ponnappa (AP/PET) beat Shivam Sharma and Poorvisha S Ram (RBI) 21-14, 21-12.
Sources:- Hindustan Times