World No. 7 PV Sindhu advanced to the quarter-finals of the All England Open Championship in 2021 by winning a straightforward game over the lower Danish shuttler Line Christophersen. Sindhu needed only 25 minutes more than Number No. 45 21-8, 21-8 in their second round match in Birmingham on Thursday.
PV Sindhu, who reached the finals of the Swiss Open earlier this month, has not given up on the game yet in the prestigious Super 1000 tournament as she was free to overtake Sonia Cheah in the first round.
This is the second match of the next quarter final of India’s shuttler in the All England Championship. Sindhu will face his first major test in the tournament against World No. 5 and 3 seed Akane Yamaguchi in the quarter-finals. Sindhu has a good header (10-7) against Yamaguchi but the Japanese star has won their last three matches.
Viktor Axelsen defends the threat of Sai Praneeth
Meanwhile, Sai Praneeth, who won a bronze medal at the World Cup, has been eliminated from pre-quarter-final by World No. 2 Viktor Axelsen. Praneeth almost outraged when he took the first game 15-21 against a Danish shuttler in form. However, Axelsen came back to take the game 15-21, 21-12, 21-12.
Earlier in the day, 19-year-old Lakshya Sen made history on Thursday by becoming the youngest Indian driver to reach the quarter-finals of the All England Open Championship. Sen defeated undefeated Thomas Rouxel of France 21-18, 21-17 in the second round.
India’s HS Prannoy came up with a serious challenge in his second round match against World No. 1 Kento Momota who is playing his first tournament of the tour since undergoing eye surgery last year. Prannoy, Earth No. 31, came up with the jaws and gave Momota a taste of her medicine with lovely deceptive lashes but it wasn’t enough to stop the Japanese star.
A mixed day for double pairs at the All England Open
India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty failed to make it to the quarter-finals after losing 16-21, 21-11, 17-21 to Danish side Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen. However, Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy outscored the sixth shot to Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva 21-17, 21-10 in just 33 minutes to advance to the quarter-finals.