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Hyderabad shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth entered the quarterfinals of the Korea Open Super 500 badminton tournament. On the other hand, young Lakshya Sen and Malvika Bansod lost in the second round. Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist and world number seven, defeated Japan’s Aya Ohori 21-15, 21-10 in a one-sided match. Sindhu has won all the 12 matches she has played against Ohori. His next match will be against Busanan Ongbamarungphan of Thailand, whom he defeated in the final of the Swiss Open last month. Sindhu has won 16 out of 17 matches against a Thai player and lost only one.

Srikanth in quarterfinals

World Championships silver medalist Srikanth defeated Israel’s Misha Zilberman 21-18, 21-6. Commonwealth Games silver medalists Satwik Sairaj and Chirag Shetty defeated Singapore’s Hee Yong Kei Terry and Loh Keen Heen 21-15, 21-19 in 36 minutes to enter the quarterfinals. Men’s doubles pair of Arjun and Dhruv Kapila withdrew from the match after going 5-8 in the first game against Mohammad Ehsan and Hendra Setiawan.

Sen defeated Malvika

Young Lakshya Sen lost 20-22, 9-21 in 30 minutes to Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rustawito, who is below him in men’s singles. In women’s singles, Malavika also lost to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 8-21, 14-21 in 39 minutes. The mixed doubles pair of Sumit Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa went down 20-22, 21-18, 14-21 in three games after almost an hour of struggle against China’s Ou Xuan Yi and Huang Ya Keong.

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