Kidambi Srikanth in semifinals, PV Sindhu crashes out of fray

In the women's singles, Sindhu gave a good account of herself agaiunst the World No.1 from Chinese Taipei.

Rio Olympic Silver shuttler PV SIndhu stormed into the quarter finals of the ongoing Australia Open Super Series badminton tournament after thrashing Chinese Chen Xiaoxin, in straight sets of here today.

Praneeth cemented his place in the quarter-finals of the tournament after brushing aside China's Huang Yuxiang 21-15, 18-21, 21-13 in his men's singles clash that lasted one hour and five minutes. Praneeth produced to save three game points but Srikanth eventually seal the game 25-23.

The second game followed a similar pattern, with Srikanth leading 4-2, before Shi attempted a turn-around by winning three consecutive points - the highlight being a brilliant crosscourt shot that went beyond the net by inches - to take a lead at 5-4. However, he could not hold the higher-ranked player as Srikanth extended his lead to 11-9 at the break. Once Srikanth got the opening game, he made proceedings tougher for Praneeth going forward. Towards the end, Srikanth used all his experience to comfortably win the tie 21-17.

Srikanth will face anyone between Yuji of China and Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, whoever emerges as victorious in the second quarter final match.

Defending champion Saina Nehwal played a fabulous middle game but could not keep the surging sixth seed Sun Yu from coming back to take the match, 21-17, 10-21, 21-17. We know each other's game pretty well. While Sindhu raced to a 14-10 lead, Tai kept her nerves to stage a comeback and make it 15-15. The Indonesia Open champion again bagged a couple of tricky points to extend his lead to 14-8. Rediscovering her finesse and deception, she came back from 10-13 in the decider to level at 13-13.

Japan's Nozomi Okuhara also made it to the last four following a 21-12, 23-21 victory over compatriot Sayaka Takahashi.

  • Angelo Rivera