PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin at Singapore Open quarter-final
Two men’s singles players, Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth, a women’s singles exponent, PV Sindhu, and a mixed doubles combination, Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, have taken their places in last-eight berths at Singapore Open, and will vie on Friday to reach the semi-finals.The Indian shuttler and Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will face Spain's Carolina Marin in the quarter-final of the Singapore Open Super Series on Friday.The match promises to add another chapter in the riveting rivalry of Sindhu and Olympic gold medallist Marin. Live action in the tournament is slated to start at 12.30 pm IST and the Sindhu-Marin clash is scheduled to be the fifth match on court one.
The day started well for India as Sai Praneeth beat Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand 15-21, 21-14, 21-19 to reach the men's singles semi-final.Kidambi Srikanth will take on Shi Yuqi of China in the men's singles quarter-final. The mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy will face the Chinese pair of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong.But all eyes will be on the match between Sindhu and Marin as the two champions face each other for the third time since the Rio Olympics showdown in which Marin had emerged triumphant. PV Sindhu has the edge over the Spaniard having prevailed over Carolina Marin in the two encounters after the Rio - Dubai Masters in December and the India Open summit clash earlier this month. At the year-ending Dubai World Super series Finals, Sindhu downed Marin 21-17, 21-13. At the Indian Open, Sindhu defeated Carolina Marin in an imperious fashion with a 21-19, 21-16 win.