Sindhu, Pranaav-Sikki enter India Open semis, Saina exits

  • Sindhu, Pranaav-Sikki enter India Open semis, Saina exits

Sindhu, Pranaav-Sikki enter India Open semis, Saina exits

In the semi-final, Chenung will meet US' fifth seed Beiwen Zhang, who tamed two-time World Championship medallist Saina 21-10, 21-13 in 32 minutes.

Sindhu then hit the shuttle out as Zhang celebrated. Jongkolphan-Rawinda defeated Chinese Du Yue and Li Yinhui 21-19, 21-17 in 56 minutes, while Greysia-Apriyani moved past Danish top seeds Kamilla Rytter Juhl Aand Christinna Pedersen 21-14, 19-21, 21-18 in an hour and 21 minutes. "We are not as physically strong as Asians, so after coach Kim Tan Her joined, he told us we are not supposed to play the Asian style of game and rather should focus on playing the European style of play and it has helped us", said Pranaav.

"I knew Sindhu was the favourite in front of her home crowd".

Fourth seed Shi Yuqi of China won the men's crown, beating world No.7 and third seeded Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 21-14 in a 47-minute duel.

The second game saw Ratchanok trying to push Sindhu with some clever placements but the Indian shuttler kept firing smashes to quell the challenge from the Thai and eventually wrapped up the game as well as the match with a 21-15 win. Benefitting from a net cord, Zhang won six points in a row to take a 9-4 lead and though Sindhu reduced the arrears, the Indian changed sides in the decider with a two-point deficit.

The audience were treated to an interesting fight in the initial stage of the second game as the duo exchanged the first ten points with the scoreboard reading 5-5. First, a great return made it 18-19, then a smash made it 19-19 as she screamed in joy, knowing the value of the point. There were lot of long rallies in this tournament and I will take a lot of positives from here. She, though, failed to cash in on it and following a net error found herself facing a match point. Having gone without a title in 2017, Yuqi was anxious for 2018. The 21-year-old Chinese was runner-up to Lee Chong Wei in the All England final last year. "I beat Chou at the Dubai Super Series Finals a year ago, and that gave me confidence".

For the second straight year, Chou Tien Chen finished second best. The Chinese Taipei shuttler, ranked 7th, had got the better of Yuki's compatriot Qiao Bin 23-21, 21-16 in the first semifinal. "I was rushing but I should have been more patient on court", Praneeth said.

Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost to Denmark's Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen in the semi-finals of the United States dollars 350,000 India Open Super 500 tournament, in Indian Open on Saturday.