Hong Kong: Kidambi Srikanth made the quarterfinals for the first time in seven months but it was curtains for world champion PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy at the $400,000 Hong Kong Open here on Thursday.
Former world no1 Srikanth, who slipped to the 13th spot in the latest BWF rankings this week, notched up a 21-11 15-21 21-19 win over compatriot Sourabh Verma in the men’s singles second round. Srikanth had last reached the quarterfinals at the Singapore Open in April.
Sindhu continued her poor run of form as she lost to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan 18-21, 21-11, 16-21 while Prannoy suffered a 12-21 19-21 loss to sixth seed Indonesian Jonatan Christie in the second round. Parupalli Kashyap lost to second seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei after winning the first game 21-12 21-23 10-21 to crash out.
Meanwhile, Srikanth was at his aggressive best in the first game while Sourabh found his rhythm in the next two games to make it an interesting contest. Sourabh won the seond game 21-15 and the third game was a closely contested one with both players not willing to give up. However, in the end, it was the experience of Srikanth which came in handy as he completed the game 21-19 to turn the tides in his favour. The Guntur shuttler, who received a first-round bye from world no.1 Kento Momota of Japan, will face Olympic champion Chen Long of China next.