P V Sindhu and Prannoy advance to quarterfinals, Nehwal knocked out
In the Yonex-Sunrise India Open, PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy advanced to the quarterfinals, but Sania Nehwal’s campaign ended.
Former champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Saina lost a straight game match against compatriot Malvika Bansod.
111th-ranked Malvika took 34 minutes to beat the former world number one.
Ira Sharma, a fellow Indian, was no match for Sindhu, who won 21-10 21-10 in her previous match.
Her quarterfinal opponent was compatriot Ashmita Chaliha, who defeated Yaelle Hoyaux 21-17 21-14.
Aakarshi Kashyap will face Malvika in the quarterfinals.
In another women’s singles second round match, Aakarshi defeated compatriot Keyura Mopatin 21-10 21-10.
Prannoy received a walkover because his opponent Mithun Manjunath withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19.
Due to positive COVID-19 results, several players withdrew from the tournament, including the top seed Kidambi Srikanth, the doubles player Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Rahul Thkar, Treesa Jolly, Simran Aman Singh and Khushi Gupta.
Prannoy will meet the winner of the second round match between third seed Lakshay Sen and Felix Burstedt of Sweden.
In the men’s singles, Sameer Verma was forced to retire midway through his second-round match against Brain Yang of Canada because of a calf strain.