World number 4 PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap entered the pre-quarterfinals of the Korea Open on Wednesday while HS Prannoy’s hopes were dashed by world number 9.
Sindhu, who won silver at the World Badminton Championship last month, eased past Ngan Yi Cheung of Hong Kong, registering a comfortable 21-13, 21-8 victory in just 29 minutes.
In the second game, Sindhu again built up a lead of 8-2 with some telling smashes before closing the game without much fuss.
Sindhu, who has been in a rampaging form ever since her Rio Olympics final defeat to Carolina Marin, had earlier clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title at China Open past year before winning the India Super Series in April.
The results: Men: Singles: P. Kashyap bt Hsu Jen Hao (Tpe) 21-13, 21-16; Sameer Verma bt Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) 21-13, 21-23, 21-9. This was the Indian’s fourth win over his rival in five meetings.
Also, Sameer Verma also made it to the next round after defeating Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand 21-13, 21-23, 21-9 in a three-game thriller that lasted for nearly an hour. He will be locking horns with number one seeded Son Wan Ho in his last 16-match match.
Doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty bt Khim Wah Lim & Lin Chia Yu (Tpe) 21-9, 22-24, 21-12; Chung Eui Seok & Kim Duk Young (Kor) bt Manu Attri & B. Sumeeth Reddy 21-11, 21-10.
In women’s doubles, Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy bowed out in the first round with a 21-19, 13-21, 17-21 loss to Malaysians Fie Cho Soong and Jing Yi Tee.
In the mixed doubles event, Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Sairaj crashed out after losing 18-21, 19-21 to Tang Man and Tsu Suet of Hong Kong. In the decider, the Indians had a 10-7 lead but failed to capitalise on it.