By B Shrikant
Birmingham, Aug 5 : Indian shuttlers remained on course for a rich haul of medals from the badminton competitions at the 2022 Commonwealth Games here their top two singles hopes and a women’s doubles pair advancing to the quarterfinals here on Friday.
Women’s top seed and two-time Olympic medallist P.V Sindhu stormed into the women’s singles quarterfinals with a comfortable straight games win against Husina Kobugabe of Uganda at Hall 5 in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) here.
Sindhu, who won a silver medal in the 2018 edition at Gold Coast, won 21-10, 21-9 against an opponent who once had the highest ranking of 216 in March 2022.
Sindhu will next meet Malaysia’s Jin Wei Goh in a repeat of their Mixed Team final clash. Sindhu had defeated Jin Wei Goh 22-20, 21-17 in the team event.
Men’s third seed and 2021 World Championship silver medallist, Kidambi Srikanth too reached the men’s singles quarterfinals, beating his 19-year-old opponent from Sri Lanka 2-0.
Srikanth, who had won a silver medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, defeated Dumindu Abeywickrama 21-9, 21-12.
He will next meet Toby Penty of England in the quarterfinal after the local star defeated Callum Smith of Scotland 25-23, 21-12 in a Round of 16-match, coming back from a 16-20 down in the first game.
The young women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand defeated Jemimah Leung For Sang and Ganesha Mungrah of Mauritius 2-0 (21-2, 21-4) in a totally one-sided match in the Round of 16 stage.