Meranews, Gandhinagar: India’s top two women shuttlers, P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, both lost in straight games in second round matches at the Japan Open Super Series badminton tourney in Tokyo, while H.S. Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the quarterfinals with wins on Thursday.
Sindhu went down to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 18-21, 8-21 in 47 minutes. The fourth seed had defeated Okuhara in the final of the Korea Open tournament on Sunday to win her third Super Series title.
The Rio Olympics silver medallist had produced a spirited performance in the first round, coming back strongly from a game down to beat Minatsu Mitani of Japan 12-21, 21-15, 21-17.
Nehwal, meanwhile, lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin 16-21, 13-21. Marin had defeated Sindhu in the women’s singles final at the Rio Olympics last year.
In men’s singles matches, Prannoy registered a 21-16, 23-21 win over Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei in an hour, while eighth seed Srikanth took just 29 minutes to triumph over Hong Kong's Hu Yun 21-12, 21-11.
Prannoy will face second seed Shi Yuqi of Hong Kong for a place in the semifinals; Srikanth will take on third seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.