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Sindhu, Jayaram, Srikanth in quarters

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Peng, Jan 21: Indian singles shuttlers had a field day at the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold on Thursday as P.V. Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram all won their respective matches to enter the quarter-fils of the $120,000 event being played at the Spice Stadium here.

However, the Indian challenge in doubles ended with women partners Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponppa losing their second round match to the Japanese pairing of Shizuka Matsuo and Mami ito 14-21, 17-21 in 37 minutes.

Former winner and third seed Sindhu had a difficult outing as she took more than an hour to overcome a strong challenge thrown at her by Japan's Kaori Imabeppu. Eventually, the 2013 winner came out on top with a 21-13, 13-21, 21-14 triumph in the women's singles second round.

Sindhu will next take on her old foe from Indonesia, Lindaweni Fanetri, for a place in the semis. World No.12 Sindhu has a healthy 7-2 record against the Indonesian.

Later in men's singles, second seed Srikanth had an easy win over Thai 16th seed Boonsak Ponsa. The Guntur-born took just 33 minutes to come out the winner with a 21-17, 21-10 win. The World No.9 Indian will next face Chi's Huang Yuxiang.

Jayaram, seeded 10th, also had a tough outing but maged a 56-minute victory over Malaysia's Zulfadli Zulkiffli. The Mumbaikar won 11-21, 21-8, 22-20 and faces an even tougher quarter-fil as he will be up against two-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei in the last eight clash. IANS

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