PV Sindhu enters third round of the World Badminton Championship
India's teen sensation P V Sindhu stormed into the third round of the World Badminton Championship with a straight game victory over Olga Golovanova of Russia in women's singles match here yesterday
Copenhagen: India's teen sensation PV Sindhu stormed into the third round of the World Badminton Championship with a straight game victory over Olga Golovanova of Russia in women's singles match here yesterday.
The men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy B stunned 15th seeded Japanese duo of Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Noriyasu Hirata 21-19 21-19 in 44 minutes to advance to the third round.
Sindhu, seeded 11th, took 40 minutes to prevail over her Russian opponent 21-12 21-17 in the second round match at the Ballerup Super Arena here.
She will next take on sixth seeded Yeon Ju Bae of Korea. Sindhu won a total of 42 points as compared to 29 by the Russian girl.
The world No. 12 from Hyderabad looked a bit rusty to start with and was initially trailing in the opening game.
She was playing the catching-up game till 10-10 before Sindhu managed to reel off four consecutive points and surge ahead to 14-10.
There was no looking back after that, as Sindhu swiftly sealed the game in her favour with Golovanova earning just two more points.
In the second game, the Russian got her act together and opened up a big lead, moving up to 11-6 at the break. But just when it seemed that the match would go into the decider, the Indian earned five points on the trot to level the scores at 11-11.
Thereafter it was a neck-and-neck battle for a brief period but Sindhu used all her experience to take a slight lead and eventually wrapped up the issue quite comfortably to advance to the next round.
Later in the day, the India duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar pulled off a stunning 21-15 21-17 win over Ki Jung Kim and Sa Rang Kim of Korea to move into the next round.