Sindhu beats Ayustine, eases into All England quarters

PV Sindhu defeated Indonesian Dinar Dyah Ayustine in a 21-12, 21-4 victory to move into the quarterfinals of the All England Open Badminton Championships at Birmingham on Thursday.

The 2016 Olympic silver medallist was hardly troubled by the world number 39 Ayustine, who came under a barrage of attacks from the Indian. Sindhu won the match in 30 minutes at the Barclaycard Arena.

Sindhu led 12-3 in the first game and afterwards, it was a formality. In the second game, the game turned out to be much more easier as Sindhu raced to victory conceding only four points.

Sinhdu zoomed to a 9-0 lead before the 23-year-old Indonesian bagged three points on the trot. The 21-year-old Sindhu continued her attacking spree and earned nine successive points without any fuss.

Later in the day, Saina Nehwal will face German qualifier Fabienne Deprez, while the only Indian men’s singles player left in the fray, HS Prannoy will battle against the Chinese seventh seed Tian Houwei.

Meanwhile, the Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy gave their all but couldn’t avoid a 19-21, 20-22 close defeat against South Koreans Yoo Yeon Seong and Kim Ha Na on Wednesday.


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