Malaysia Masters: Sindhu, Praneeth, Kashyap move to second

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu was put under heavy pressure by China’s He Bingjiao before coming out victorious in the opening round of the Malaysian Masters here on Wednesday. Seventh seed Sindhu took nearly an hour to hit Peng Jiao 21-13 17-21 21-15 and move into the second round.

Thanks to the win, world number seven Sindh exacted her revenge for her first-round exit from the Indonesia Open Super 1000 last month when she defeated Peng Jiaoha in straight matches. The Chinese still lead the head to 10-9. In the men’s singles, B Sai Pranith and Parupali Kashyap moved to the second round with two mixed wins.

While Verma narrowly broke a sweat against Kevin Cordon, posting an easy 21-8 21-9 win over Guatemala in less than half an hour, Kashyap came back from a one-game deficit to bring home favorite Tommy Sugiarto 16-21 21-16 21-16. Verma will face Li Shifeng in the semi-finals.

However, it was the end of the road for Samir Verma, who came down to fourth seed Chinese Taipei Zhou Tian Chen 21-10 12-21 14-21. Later in the day, HS Prannoy, Saina Nehwal and women’s doubles husband N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa will start.

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