Sydney, June 23: India’s sensational shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated his compatriot B Sai Praneeth to enter into the semi-finals of the ongoing Australian Open Superseries on Friday. While PV Sindhu lost to Chinese Taipei shuttler Tai Tzu Ying by 21-10, 20-22,16-21 in Quarter Finals of the tournament.
In men’s singles, Srikanth registered a comprehensive win over B Sai Praneeth by 25-23, 21-17 in a match that lasted for 45 minutes and cruised to semi-finals easily. In the second set, trailing 6-9, Sai won three points in a row to make it 9-9.
However, he could not hold the higher ranked player as Kidambi extended his lead to 11-9 at the break of the second game. Srikanth then went on to extend his lead to 16-12 before Sai came from behind and made it 16-16.
After India Open second round exit, Srikanth has played 14 matches and won 12. Srikanth will now play the winner of the second quarterfinal match between Shi Yuqi of China and Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus. On the other side, PV Sindhu lost to World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women's singles quarterfinal by 21-10, 20-22, 16-21. Saina Nehwal also bowed out of the tournament after losing to World No. 6 Sun Yu 17-21, 21-10, 17-21 in Quarter Finals.
Interestingly, Kidambi Srikanth registered a hard fought victory over World No.1 South Korea’s Son Wan-ho by 15-21, 21-13, 21-13 to enter in quarter-finals while B Sai Praneeth defeated Yuxiang Huang of China by 21-15, 18-21, 21-13 to cruise in quarters.