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Fuzhou [China], Nov 8 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth on Thursday emerged victorious to reach the quarterfinals of the ongoing China Open badminton tournament here.

Sindhu hardly broke a sweat and eased to a 21-12, 21-15 win over Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand, while Srikanth made a came back from a game down to defeat Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 10-21, 21-9, 21-9.

In women's singles, Sindhu looked strong right from the opening and raced ahead of her Thai opponent, who fought back hard but her effort was not brawny enough to close the gap. Eventually, Sindhu registered a convincing 21-12 to win the first game.

The World number three controlled the proceedings brilliantly and did not waste much time to clinch the set 21-15 in 37 minutes to ensure her progression to the quarterfinals.

In men's singles, Srikanth couldn't find a rhythm in the first game and handed an easy advantage to his Indonesian counterpart 10-21.

As the game entered into the tight second game, the match turned in favour of Srikanth as he dominated the exchanges and went onto dispose of his opponent 21-9 to take the match to the deciding round.

Now in the crucial deciding game, the world number nine, while maintaining his momentum, showed the doors to his Indonesian opponent 21-9 and won the match that lasted 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, Indian campaigners Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are slated to face Wahyu Pangkaryanira and Ade Yusuf Santoso of Indonesia in the second round of men's doubles event later in the day. (ANI)

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