PV Sindhu storms into semi-finals of Singapore Open 2019

NewsBharati    12-Apr-2019

Singapore, April 12: World No 6 Badminton Champion PV Sindhu never fails to amaze India and make her country proud. In a latest, the champion has reached the semi-final of Singapore Open 2019 Super 500 tournament on Friday after surviving a scare against Chinese teenager Cai Yanyan.

Sindhu started the quarter-final on a sluggish note but gained momentum to clinch the first game 21-13. However, Yanyan came up with a spirited fight in the second game to take it 21-17 and force a decider.

Sindhu though maintained composure and took the deciding game without further setbacks. She was leading 11-5 at the mid-game intervals and didn't look back from there. With the win over lower-ranked Yanyan, Sindhu has reached only her second semi-final on the tour on what has been a difficult year for the ace shuttler.

Sindhu will face arch-rival and second seed Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-final on Saturday.

There is more Indian action on Friday as sixth seed Kidambi Srikanth will face a tough test against top seed Kento Momota in the men's singles quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Sameer Verma takes on second seed Chou Tien Chen.

The mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy will also be in action later in the day as it takes on third-seeded Thailand pair of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the quarter-finals.