India’s golden girls Saina Nehwal and P.V Sindhu made light work of their second round clashes as both progressed through to the YONEX All England quarter-finals with ease.
Olympic silver medallist Sindhu kicked off proceedings on court one against Dinar Dyah Ayustine, having sailed through her opening tie at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on Wednesday.
Sindhu, who was eliminated in the first round in 2016, dominated throughout the opening game, eventually prevailing 21-12 with little reply from her Indonesian opponent.
It followed much the same from then on, as Sindhu cruised to take the overall victory, dropping just four points in the second game.
A tie with top seed Tai Tzu Ying lies in wait in Friday’s last eight contest, but Sindhu is confident she can continue her fine run of form.
“It was a good match and I didn’t take it easy. I took the lead from the start and in the second game, I didn’t give her a chance,” she said.
“I was very comfortable from the start, but for maybe the first five or six points, it was equal.
“But then I took the lead and I was pretty sure and confident that I could win the match.
“I think the quarter-final is going to be a good match, I will have to prepare and give my best.”
Compatriot Nehwal soon followed in Sindhu’s footsteps through to the quarter-final, finding her feet in the second game after a nervy opening exchange with qualifier Fabienne Deprez.
The first game was an almighty battle for the points as Deprez came flying out of the blocks, but Nehwal’s class shone bright as she eventually triumphed 21-18 21-10.
But while Nehwal is keen to continue her run at the YONEX All England for as long as possible, she’s relishing every second of being back on court after injury.
“I think Fabienne has improved a lot since the last time I played her, which was at the Thomas Uber Cup last year,” she said. “It was quite a tough match with her.
“I was focused enough having a good enough lead at 12-7 in the first game. I gave her a couple of points to make it 13-all, and when it is neck-and-neck with an opponent, you tend to get a bit nervous.
“I played ok, not the best, but I’m happy with the result.
“It’s a difficult journey for me after the knee surgery, so I’m trying my best to do well at All England, but I know it’s not going to be easy.
“I just want to stay fit, that’s important. I’ve had a lot of issues over the last two years with my form and injuries, so I just want to be fit and get good results.”