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Asian Games Badminton: Sindhu, Prannoy advance to round of 16 with straightforward victories

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<p>PV Sindhu, a two-time Olympic winner, beat Hsu Wen Chi of Chinese Taipei in straight games in the round of 32 of the Asian Games badminton competition on Tuesday in Hangzhou, China.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-216409″ src=”×500.jpeg” alt=” asian games badminton sindhu prannoy advance to round of 16 with straightforward v” width=”1397″ height=”931″ srcset=”×500.jpeg 750w,×683.jpeg 1024w,×512.jpeg 768w,×100.jpeg 150w, 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 1397px) 100vw, 1397px” title=”Asian Games Badminton: Sindhu, Prannoy advance to round of 16 with straightforward victories 9″></p>
<p>India’s best men’s singles competitor in the Games, HS Prannoy, also easily advanced into the pre-quarterfinals.</p>
<p>Sindhu defeated the world No. 21 shuttler from Chinese Taipei in 42 minutes at the Binjiang Gymnasium. Sindhu has slipped to the 15th position in the badminton rankings this season.</p>
<p>The Indian, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games last year, has suffered with ailments, but she appeared in control in her first match. She was unrestricted in her movement around the badminton court and exploited her height to outplay Hsu Wen Chi in the first game. The 28-year-old Indian took the opening game in 18 minutes after sprinting to a five-point lead at the half.</p>
<p>Up until Hsu Wen Chi started utilizing a few drop shots to bother PV Sindhu, the match was proceeding at a steady pace.</p>
<p>At the start of the second game, Sindhu, who brought home silver at the 2018 Asian Games, had a three-point advantage. However, Hsu Wen Chi reduced the margin of victory to only one point at halftime.</p>
<p>After the break, the two players competed in lengthy rallies, but Sindhu quickly retook the lead and clinched her spot in the round of 16.</p>
<p>World No. 7 HS Prannoy had a far simpler test than world No. 311 Batdavaa Munkhbat of Mongolia. The Indian shuttler won 21-9, 21-12 in under 25 minutes.</p>
<p>In the women’s singles, it was the end of the line for world No. 49 Ashmita Chaliha. The 23-year-old Indian fell to world No. 7 in their encounter. Gregoria Mariska Tunjung defeated in the round of 32 21-16, 21-17.</p>
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