China Open: Sindhu, Praneeth, Kashyap enter second round, Saina crashes out

Changzhou (China), Sep 18:
Reigning world champion and title favourite P V Sindhu sailed into the pre-quarterfinals with a convincing straight-game win over former Olympic gold-medallist Li Xuerui at the China Open Super 1000 tournament here on Wednesday.
India’s top shuttler Sindhu beat China’s Li Xuerui 21-18 21-12 in just 34 minutes to set up a clash with Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.
Replicating her world championship form, the Olympic silver-medallist produced another strong performance to get the better of the currently 20th-ranked Chinese, who entered the match with a 3-3 record against the Indian.
Men’s singles players, Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap also progressed to the second round after notching up contrasting opening-round wins.(PTI)