Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth entered the quarterfinals for the primary time in seven months. © AFP
Kidambi Srikanth made the quarterfinals for the primary time in seven months nevertheless it was curtains for fellow Indian HS Prannoy on the USD 400,000 Hong Kong Open in Hong Kong on Thursday. Former World No.1 Srikanth, who slipped to the 13th spot within the newest BWF rankings this week, notched up a 21-11 15-21 21-19 win over compatriot Sourabh Verma within the males’s singles second spherical. In girls’s singles, PV Sindhu suffered a 18-21, 21-11, 16-21 loss to Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand within the second spherical to bow out of the Hong Kong Open.
Srikanth had final reached the quarterfinals on the Singapore Open in April.
The Guntur shuttler, who obtained a first-round bye from World No.1 Kento Momota of Japan, will face Olympic champion Chen Lengthy of China subsequent.
Earlier, HS Prannoy suffered a 12-21 19-21 loss to sixth seed Indonesian Jonatan Christie within the second spherical.
World champion PV Sindhu will tackle Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan, whereas Parupalli Kashyap will struggle it out in opposition to second seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese language Taipei later within the day.