HS Prannoy cruised into the men's singles quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open 2023 with straight-game wins against Hong Kong's Ng Ka Long Angus in the Round of 16 match in Jakarta on Thursday.
Seventh seed Prannoy got the better of Angus 21-18 21-16 in a match that lasted 43 minutes. Prannoy will next face Kodai Naraoka of Japan in his Indonesia Open 2023 quarterfinal bout.
Meanwhile, in the other Indonesia Open 2023 second round of men's singles, Lakshya Sen gave a tough fight to Kidambi Srikanth but the experienced world number one won the match 21-17 22-20 in a 45-minute match. This is Srikanth's third win in three matches of both the players. Lakshya started on a positive note to take a 4-0 lead but Srikanth recovered after finding the rhythm. After this, both reached the level of 17-17. Srikanth now went on the offensive and won the first game by scoring four points in a row.
The tough fight between the two also continued in the second set. At one point the score of both was 13-13. Srikanth scored six consecutive points to take a 20-14 lead. World Championship 2021 silver medalist Lakshya made a strong comeback to make the score 20-20. Taking advantage of the experience, Srikanth won the match by scoring two consecutive points. In the next round, he will face Li Shifeng of China.
In the men's doubles pre-quarterfinal, the Indian duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty has also won their round of 16 match. They defeated the Chinese duo He Ji Tong and Zhou Hao Dong 21-17, 21-15.
However, world No. 14 women's singles player PV Sindhu went down 18-21 16-21 to world No. 3 Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei in her second-round match of the Indonesia Open 2023. Sindhu had made early-round exits in the last two tournaments. She has faced a lot of trouble against Tai Tzu at the international level. In the 24 matches played between the two players, the player from Chinese Taipei has won 19 matches. With Sindhu's defeat, the Indian challenge in the women's singles ended.