PV Sindhu marches into Hong Kong semis

Tricia Pearson
November 25, 2017

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu defeated Aya Ohori of Japan 21-14, 21-17 in the second round on Thursday, making her way into the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Super Series. Saina started with a 1-7 lead and dominated till 18-13 before Yufei found her rhythm. In the quarter finals, Sindhu may come face-to-face with China Open victor Akane Yamaguchi.

The Indian shuttler will now take on sixth-seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, who defeated Michelle Li of Canada 21-14, 21-16 in the quarters. This was the third time that Sindhu was facing Ohori and thanks to this victory, the Hyderabad-based shuttler was successful in maintaining her unbeaten record against the Japanese youngster.

Last year, Sindhu had defeated the Japanese twice: in the Dubai World Super Series Finals in December, and the BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in May.

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After compatriots, Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out of the Hong Kong Open Superseries in the second round of the badminton championship - Pusarla Venkata sindhu stands as the sole Indian to continue dominance in the tournament.

After winning the first game, Saina could not step up the pressure and was beaten by the Chinese shuttler in the next two games. She may also have to enter into competition with Japan's Sayaka Sato in the quarter-finals. It was their first-ever meeting. Kashyap lost 21-15, 9-21, 20-22 to South Korean Lee Dong Keun in an hour and nine minutes.

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