Commonwealth Games: Srikanth, Gayatri-Treesa win bronze medals; Sindhu, Sen one step away from maiden gold
Srikanth prevailed over Singapore's world number 87 Jia Heng Teh 21-15 21-18 to claim a bronze medal to go with the silver that he had won four years ago in Gold Coast.
Sindhu, a silver medallist at the 2018 edition, expectedly faced no resistance from Uganda's Husina Kobugabe, winning 21-10 21-9 in her pre-quarterfinal match.
More than individual medals, the focus this time will be on India's performance in the mixed team event.
Sindhu managed to stay strong in the key moments to prevail 21-9 11-21 21-15 over 22-year-old Wang Zhi Yi, the reigning Asian Championships gold medallist.
Manjunath, who had reached the finals of Orleans Masters Super 100 in April this year, beat world No. 11 Srikanth 21-17 15-21 21-18 in the opening round contest which lasted exactly an hour.
Sindhu and Prannoy had suffered contrasting defeats at the quarterfinal stage of the Malaysia Open Super 750 last week and will look to make amends this week.
Later in the day, the seventh-seeded men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap will also be in action.
Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, was shown the door in the opening round by China's He Bing Jiao at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 earlier this month.
Sen, the 20-year-old from Almora, was part of the Indian men's team that won the prestigious Thomas Cup this month and is a big gold medal prospect at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Leading 14-11 in the second game after having won the first game, Sindhu was handed a point penalty for taking too much time to serve between points.
Lakshya Sen and double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu will lead the Indian campaign at the Korea Open Super 500 tournament starting Tuesday.
Playing her second successive final in the tournament, Sindhu, a double Olympic medallist, took 49 minutes to get the better of the fourth-seeded Thai 21-16 21-8.
The 23rd-ranked Indian could not maintain the consistency she showed in the first game to lose 21-17, 13-21, 13-21 against her 64th-ranked opponent on Thursday night.
The Indian players look to break India's 21-year title drought at the All England Championships, which begins here on Wednesday.
It has been a while since PV Sindhu displaced Saina Nehwal as the reigning queen of badminton in India.
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu on Saturday had a social media meltdown over an oversized baggage that was not allowed on a Mumbai-bound Indigo flight’s overhead cabinet. S
It was sweet revenge for Chinese Taipei's Tzu Ying, who had lost to Sindhu most recently in the Rio Olympic Games.