PV Sindhu fights Mia Blichfeldt to enter Indonesia's open quarters

JAKARTA: Top PV of Indian pitcher Sindhu He had to deepen his reservoir of experience to beat without sowing Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark and claim a place in the quarterfinals in the women's individual event of the Indonesian Open Thursday.

Sindhu, seeded fifth, slugged it out for one hour and two minutes to get the better of Blichfeldt 21-14, 17-21, 21-11 in a second-round encounter.

It was Sindhu 's third win over the world no. 13 Dane this year. The Indian had earlier defeated Blichfeldt in straight games in the Indian Open and the Singapore Open.

Sindhu will next face the third-seeded Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the last round of the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament. Okuhara beat Soniia Cheah of Malaysia 21-7, 21-16 in her second match of the round.

The start was far from impressive for Sindhu as Blichfeldt took a 6-3 lead before the Indian got her act together to draw level.

From that point, Sindhu raised her game gradually and relied on her long reach and smashes to pocket the first game 21-14.

The second game saw a tough fight between the two pitchers, but Blichfeldt made a strong recovery to take a 9-5 lead and then a 10-7 lead.

Sindhu then pocketed three straight points to level the scores at 10-10.

But the Danish was serious, as she took full advantage of India's unforced errors to win the second game and obtain parity in the match.

The decider, however, turned out to be a one-sided affair as Sindhu got her composure back and ran away with the game after some initial resistance from Blichfeldt.

However, it was the curtains for India in the men's doubles event after the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost 15-21, 14-21 to local hopes Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the second round.