All England Open 2017: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu enter quarterfinals

Sayantan Maitra
PV SIndhu

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India women shuttlers were impressive in the All England Open with PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal moving into the quarterfinals of the competition. However, things did not go according to plan for male shuttler HS Prannoy, who was knocked out on Thursday.

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Sindhu made it to the last eight stage of the All England Open as she recorded a comfortable straight sets win over Dinar Dyah Ayustine. Sindhu, 21, who steadily became one of the most iconic sports persons in India since her silver medal win at the Rio 2016 Olympics, beat the Indonesian shuttler 21-12 21-6 in just 30 minutes at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. 

After Sindhu's cruising win, Saina, who defeated defending champion Nozomi Okuhara, also looked in brilliant form. The Indian shuttler cruised past Germany's Fabienne Deprez, score reading 21-18 21-10 with the match lasting for 35 minutes only. Saina seems to have come into the competition fit, and raring to go as well. 

With Prannoy's loss in the round of 16 against seventh seeded Chinese Tian Houwei, who looked in complete control of his match, India's journey in men's singles also came to an end. Prannoy coulld not deliver, losing the match in straight games, 13-21 5-21. 

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