India Open: PV Sindhu marches into semis; Sai Praneeth, Parupalli Kashyap crash out

New Delhi: Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu continued her rich vein of form as she bounced back from a game down against Spain's Beatriz Corrales to book her place in the semi-finals of the India Open here on Friday.

After comfortably winning the opening game, the top-seed went down in the second before she rebounded strongly to post a 21-12, 19-21, 21-11 win over eighth-seed Beatriz Corrales in a thrilling quarter-final clash of the women's singles event.

Sindhu will now lock horns with third-seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand for a place in the summit showdown of the tournament.

Meanwhile, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal will also aim to seal a semi-final spot when she square off with fifth-seed Beiwen Zhang of USA in another quarter-final clash later today.

Earlier, Indian shuttlers B. Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap suffered a major blow as they bowed out of the tournament after going down in straight games in their respective quarter-final clashes.

Third-seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei proved to be too good for the Praneeth, who clearly wasn't at his best, as he knocked down the Indian 21-15, 21-13 in a last-eight clash that lasted 43 minutes.

Kashyap, on the other hand, also crashed out of the tournament after slumping to a 16-21, 18-21 defeat at the hands of China's Qiao Bin.

 

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