Hong Kong Open: Sindhu, Prannoy kick off campaign with contrasting wins

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However, Yamaguchi has the better current world ranking - 2 to Sindhu's 3 - and her most recent win over Sindhu was a sound thrashing 21-14, 21-9.

Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu showcased a brilliant performance as she kicked off her campaign at the Hong Kong Super Series with a comfortable straight game victory over Leung Yuet Yee in the women's singles event here on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Sindhu has a 1-4 head-to-head record against the former world no.1. In the quarter finals, Sindhu may come face-to-face with China Open victor Akane Yamaguchi.

Sindhu dominated the game from the beginning, ending the game in less than 40 minutes.

Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon defeated Michelle Li of Canada on Friday to move on to the semi-finals of the US$400,000 BWF Hong Kong Open badminton tournament.

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On the other hand, World No.6 Ratchanok has never reached the final here, her best performance being the semis in 2015, while Sindhu finished runner-up in the tournament previous year as she lost the summit clash in straight games to Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei.

Second seed Sindhu outclassed China Super Series Premier victor Yamaguchi 21-12, 21-19 in a matter of 37 minutes.

In contrast to Sindhu, former champion Saina Nehwal laboured to her first round win. In the next round, Nehwal will face Chen Yufei of China while Sindhu will face Aya Ohori of Japan.

It will be their first meeting this year.

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