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India’s star badminton player PV Sindhu has reached the quarterfinals of Malaysia Open. She defeated Thailand’s Phitayaporn Cheiwan in women’s singles on Thursday (June 20) in a three-game match. At the same time, world number 21 HS Prannoy in men’s singles also went ahead with a win. He defeated Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei to secure his place in the quarterfinals.
Sindhu made a spectacular comeback after losing the first game to beat her rival from Thailand in 57 minutes. Sindhu won this match 19-21 21-9 21-14. Cheiwan dominated in the first game. Sindhu gave her a tough fight, but she could not win. After this, in the second game, Sindhu came back strongly and did not give any chance to Cheiwan. They won the game 21-9. In the third and final game, Cheiwan was looking to make a comeback but could not last long before Sindhu’s aggressive play.
Seventh seed Sindhu will next take on arch-rivals Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the next round. HS Prannoy, on the other hand, defeated fourth seed Chou Tien Chen 21-15 21-7. Unseeded Prannoy, one of the heroes of India’s historic title win in the Thomas Cup, will next take on Indonesia’s seventh seed Jonathan Christie.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sindhu had defeated Thailand’s world No. 10 player Pornpawee Chochuwong in the first round. At the same time, Prannoy started his campaign with a win over local player Lev Darren. Another Indian legend Saina Nehwal has been out of the tournament. 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist Saina lost to American Iris Wang in 37 minutes. Wang won this match 21-11, 21-17.