Two-time Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy advanced to the quarterfinals of the Yonex Sunrise India Open badminton tournament while Malvika Bansod defeated her idol Saina Nehwal. Former champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Saina was defeated by 20-year-old Malvika Bansod 21-17, 21-9. Bansod, ranked 111 in the world rankings, took 34 minutes to beat the former world number one.
Bansod said, “It was my first encounter with Saina Nehwal. She has been my idol ever since I started playing badminton. Playing against her in a big tournament like India Open was like a dream come true. It was the biggest win of my career. is from.”
Saina, who is playing after recovering from knee and groin injuries, had registered a win in the first round but she said that she would still have to work hard for her fitness. “Today I was moving well but the level of fitness is not what it should be. I was playing here to see how much improvement needs to be done,” she said.
Earlier, top seed Sindhu beat compatriot Ira Sharma 21-10, 21-10. She will now face Ashmita Chaliha who defeated Yaele Hoyau 21-17, 21-14. Bansod will face India’s Akarshi Kashyap. Akarshi defeated compatriot Keura Mopatin 21-10, 21-10. Prannoy got a walkover as Mithun Manjunath withdrew from the tournament due to being Corona positive.
In the men’s section, top seed Kidambi Srikanth, doubles players Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Rahul Thakar, Trisa Jolly, Simon Aman Singh and Khushi Gupta withdrew after being found corona positive. Prannoy will face the winner of the match between Lakshya Sen and Felix Bustet of Sweden. Sameer Verma’s campaign also came to an end in the second round, who left the match against Canada’s Bren Yang midway due to a hamstring strain.