- PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth sailed into the Round of 16 with comfortable wins over their opponents.
- Aakarshi Kashyap also qualified for the pre-quarters after her opponent retired due to an injury.
- Mixed Doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy had crashed out in the Round of 32.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games enter Day 8 and some of the biggest names in Indian badminton will be in action, looking to extend their stay in the individuals’ event. After failing to defend their gold medal in the mixed team final against Malaysia, the Indian shuttlers are keen to go as far as they can in the individual events.
The two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu utterly dominated Maldives’ Fathimath Nabaaha Abdul Razzaq 21-4, 21-11 in the women’s singles first round. Srikanth, on the other hand, simply outclassed Daniel Wanagaliya of Uganda 21-9, 21-9 in the men’s singles event.
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It wasn’t all win-win for India on Thursday as the Mixed Doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy crashed out in the first round itself.
A little later in the day, Kashyap and Sen also joined Sindhu and Srikanth into the women’s and men’s singles round of 16 respectively. Sen, who is a world championship bronze medallist, toyed with an opponent more than twice his age to secure a 21-1, 21-6 victory.
Kashyap, on the other hand, had to work hard in order to beat Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzad after the latter retired due to an injury.
All you need to know about Indian shuttlers’ matches on Day 8 of
Women’s doubles round of 16: Jolly Treesa/Pullela Gayatri Gopichand vs Jemimah Leung For Sang/Mungrah (Mauritius) at 4:10 PM IST
Men’s doubles round of 16: Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty vs Murad Ali/Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti (Pakistan) at 12:00 AM IST
Women’s singles round of 16: PV Sindhu vs Husina Kobugabe (Uganda) at 6:10 PM IST
Women’s singles round of 16: Aakarshi Kashyap vs Eva Kattirtzi (Cyprus) at 11:20 PM IST
Men’s Singles round of 16: Kidambi Srikanth vs Dumindu Abeywickrama (Sri Lanka) at 5:30 PM IST
Telecast and Live Streaming: The matches featuring Indian shuttlers will be aired live on the Sony Sports Network. The live streaming will be available on Sony Liv.