Sindhu cruises into Thai second round

BANGKOK (AFP) – India’s PV Sindhu cruised into the second round of the Thailand Open yesterday to erase the memory of her surprise first round exit a week earlier.

The Rio Olympics silver medallist, was sheer class as she pummelled Thailand’s world number 12 Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-17, 21-13 in 42 minutes in Bangkok.

“It was a good game and I’m very, very happy. This win was very important for me in this tournament because at last week’s tournament, I went out in the first round,” said sixth seed Sindhu. “So this win today was important, because even though in the first game it was tight, I didn’t want to make it easy.”

Sindhu fell to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in a shock a week ago in the first of back-to-back Thailand Opens.

Top seed Tai Tzu-ying from Taiwan bounced back from her final defeat to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the first tournament on Sunday, to beat Thailand’s Supanida Katethong 21-16, 21-11.