Changzhou: After the defeat of Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu at the China Open, India's challenge is with the male players. B. Sai Praneeth understood this responsibility well and won his match on Thursday. They have now reached the quarter-finals of the tournament. Earlier on Thursday, world champion PV Sindhu had lost in the second round of the women's singles. Saina Nehwal was defeated on Wednesday. With the defeat of Saina and Sindhu, India's challenge in women's singles is over.
B Sai Praneeth on Thursday faced Xu Lu Guang of China in men's singles. It was a pre-quarterfinal match. There was a tough competition for the quarter-final match between the two players. In this, success was won by B. Sai Praneeth. The Indian shuttler defeated the Chinese shuttler 21-19, 21-19. This match lasted for 48 minutes.
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Earlier, fifth seed PV Sindhu lost to Thailand's unseeded player Pranpavi Chochuwong in women's singles. In terms of excellent record and form, the Indian shuttler was considered a contender for victory. But Pranpavi Chochuwong changed all the equations with his best game.
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Pranapavi, ranked 15th in the world rankings, made a big upset of the tournament by defeating PV Sindhu 12-21, 21-13, 21-19. This match lasted for 58 minutes. Sindhu started well in this match as expected. His rhythm broke in the next two games. The Thai player took advantage of this and won the match.
Earlier, Chirag Shetty and Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy also lost their match and got out of the tournament. The Indian pair were defeated by Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan. The fourth seeded Japanese duo won the match 21–19, 21–8.