Indian shuttlers continue to impress in Bali at the Indonesian Open. Four Indian shuttlers have reached the quarterfinals of the event. It is a Super 1000 event and therefore the importance of this tournament is unmatched for the Indian stars. India’s current flagbearer in badminton, PV Sindhu has reached the last eight in the Indonesian Open.
The two time Olympic medallist registered a dominant win 21-12, 21-18 over Germany’s Yvonne Li in a match that last only 37 minutes. Yvonne Li who is ranked 26th in the world was hardly any match for Sindhu. This was the duo’s first encounter against each other and Sindhu showed her experience as she won the first game with relative ease. She won seven consecutive points to go one up in the clash.
However, Li turned the tables in the second game as she posed a much greater threat to Sindhu. Despite the German’s best efforts Sindhu never allowed her to take control of the game. The Indian eventually won the match after sealing the second game 21-18 reaching the quarterfinals. Sindhu will now face world No. 54 Sim Yujin of Korea in the quarterfinals.
India’s best duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also sailed through to the quarterfinals of the Indonesian Open. The Indian duo played out a stunning pre quarterfinals and ended up on the right side to progress to the last eight of the tournament. The Indian duo won 21-15, 19-21, 23-21 over Korea’s Kang Minhyuk and Seo Seungjae in one hour and 15 minutes. The Indian duo saved two match points to turn the tables by winning the match. The Indian duo who are ranked World no. 11 will now face the world No. 19 Malaysian pair of Nur Izzudin and Goh Sze Fei in the Indonesia Open quarterfinals.
Lastly Sai Praneeth also progressed to the quarterfinals fter defeating Chistro Popov of France. The match entered three games and was an absolute thriller that was won by the Indian shuttler. Sai Praneeth won the game by 21-17, 14-21, 21-19 in a game that has lasted one hour and 23 minutes. Sai Praneeth will face a tough test in the quarterfinals as he will go up against Tokyo Olympics champion Viktor Axelsen in the last eight clash. The Danish star shuttler reached the quarterfinals by beating Srikanth Kidambi in the pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesian Open.