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Four Indians reach second round of Indonesia Masters

Malang (Indonesia): Indian shuttlers had a good day at Indonesia Masters as four of them, including PV Sindhu and K Srikanth, reached the second round of the USD 120,000 Grand Prix Gold tournament here yesterday.

PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu

Top seed Sindhu, who clinched the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold last week, opened her campaign on a positive note, defeating Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska 21-16 19-21 21-12 in a women's singles match.

The two-time bronze medallist at World Championships, Sindhu next takes on Indonesia's Wulan Cahya Utami Sukoputri at Gedung Graha Cakrawala here tonight.

In the men's singles, top seed Srikanth spanked Indonesia's Wibowo Setyaldi Putra 21-6 21-12, while eighth seed R M V Gurusaidutt beat another Indonesian Muhammad Ahdial Octa Khairulloh 21-10 21-3 in another match.

Third seed H S Prannoy, who had won the Indonesia Masters title last year when it was hosted by Jakabaring Sport City, Palembang, saw off Indonesia's Panji Ahmad Maulana 21-16 21-16.

World number eight Srikanth will next play against another Indonesian Saputra Vicky Angga, while Gurusaidutt will face the winner of the match between Indonesia's Shesar Hiren Rhustavito and Singapore's Kean Yew Loh. Prannoy will fight it out against Chinese Shi Yuqi.

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