PV Sindhu, Prannoy advance, Saina Nehwal knocked out of India Open Badminton
Two-time Olympic medallist shuttler PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy advanced to the Singles quarterfinals but Saina Nehwal’s campaign ended at the India Open Badminton in Delhi on Wednesday.
Former champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Saina suffered a 17-21, 9-21 straight game loss to compatriot Malvika Bansod.
Earlier, top seed Sindhu comfortably defeated compatriot Ira Sharma 21-10, 21-10. She will meet compatriot Ashmita Chaliha in the quarterfinals.
Malvika will next take on fellow Indian Aakarshi Kashyap in the quarterfinals.
Prannoy received a walkover as his opponent Mithun Manjunath withdrew from the tournament after testing positive for
The top seed Kidambi Srikanth, doubles player Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Rahul Thaker, Treesa Jolly, Simran Aman Singh
and Khushi Gupta are the other players who had to withdraw from the tournament due to the positive COVID-19 results, which led to several walkovers.