Kidambari Srikanth, Parupalli Kahyap enter quarter-finals, PV Sindhu lose in Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament

Lucknow: Top seed Kidambi Srikanth entered the quarterfinals but a heartbreak was in store for P V Sindhu as she suffered a shocking loss to Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand in the second round of the USD 120,000 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here today. Srikanth dished out sweet revenge in the pre quarter-finals today when he hammered Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-9 21-12 in a 32-minute match, just five days after going down to the Malaysian in the semifinals of Malaysia Masters in Penang. The World No. 9 Indian will face another Malaysian in Goh Soon Huat tomorrow.

Last Sunday, Sindhu was standing on the dais with her Malaysia Masters gold medal but today, the third seeded Indian bowed out with a 21-18 24-26 17-21 loss to World No. 27 Jindapol in an edge-of-the-seat thriller that lasted an hour and 28 minutes at the BBD, UP Badminton Academy. Defending champion Parupalli Kashyap also reached the quarterfinals after notching up a 21-19 21-10 win over China’s Zhu Siyuan. The Commonwealth Games champion will next take on China’s Huang Yuxiang. 2011 World Championship bronze medallists, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa brushed aside compatriots Ningshi Block Hazarika and Harika Veludurthi 21-9 21-10 and the sixth seeds will next take on the Thai pair of Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar also had a good day in office as they marched past the fifth-seeded Indonesian combo of Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Suwardi 21-13 21-14 in a men’s doubles match. The Indian duo will meet third seeds Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark, who dispatched the Indian combo of K Nandagopal and Shlok Ramchandran 21-19 21-6 in another match. Fifth seeds Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito of Japan ended the run of India’s S Poorvisha Ram and Arathi Sara Sunil 21-9 21-11 in a women’s doubles match, while K Maneesha and N Sikki Reddy went down 11-21 17-21 to Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand.

In men’s doubles, top seed Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark, the silver medallist at London Olympics, defeated the Indian pair of Vineeth Manuel and S Sanjeeth 21-7 21-12 in just 19 minutes. Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant too bit the dust, going down 17-21 17-21 to third seeds Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek of Netherlands in a 39-minute match. In another men’s doubles match, M Anilkumar Raju and Venkat Gaurav Prasad were outclassed 14-21 7-21 by sixth seeds Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov of Russia.