Indonesia Masters: Sindhu, Sen enter quarterfinals

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen qualified for the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Masters Super 500 Badminton Championships with two mixed wins here on Thursday.

Sen, who was part of the Indian team that clinched a historic Thomas Cup win in Bangkok, scored a 21-18 21-15 victory over Denmark’s world number 13 Rasmus Gemke in 54 minutes in the men’s singles.

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In the women’s singles, Sindh had to be toiled hard for over an hour by Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung before winning 23-21 20-22 21-11 in the second round.

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Seventh seed Sen will face third seed Chinese Taipei Zhou Tianchen, who defeated the Indian in three thrilling matches during the Thomas Cup last month in their only meeting.
Fourth seed Sindhu is awaiting a tough quarter-final match, where she will face the winner of the match between fifth seed Ratchanuk Intanon of Thailand and Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmore.

Against the unseeded Tunjung, Sindhu started bright and played hard to rise to 10-5. She used her experience and reach to engage her opponents in long gatherings at first.

But the Indonesian, who had defeated Seydoux six times before her, put on an impressive fight to make her way back into the competition to tie scores at 15 each.

From there, it was a neck and neck fight between the players as they traded points up to 21 before Sindhu raised her level into her pocket in the first match.

The second match was quite the opposite as it was Tunjung who started on an offensive note and raced to a 10-5 lead before Sindhu fought back to tie it 15-15.

Then, the players continued their battle for points up to 20 points before deciding that the Indonesian won the match to take the match to the break.

However, the referee was a one-sided relationship where after a few initial exchanges, to be exact up to seven points, Sindhu did not allow her opponent an inch and used her huge match experience to flee with game and match.

Earlier in the day Jimki made his international debut, world number 9 Senn showed better nerves as he curbed his mistakes and worked his way up to a fine win.

Sean turned a 0-3 deficit into a 9-6 advantage, only to allow Jimki to hold an 11-10 skinny cushion at the break. However, the Indian came out with all his guns blazing and won six straight points to move to 16-12 before sealing the opener.

Sen and Jimki breathed each other for much of the second game as the reins switched hands frequently before the Indian again advanced from 13 to 12 to close out the problem by four points.

Sindh will meet Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tongong, while mixed doubles duo Ashwini Bonaba and Bee Someth Reddy will face Chinese seed Cheng Si Wei and Hwang Ya Kyung later in the day.

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