PV Sindhu advances into Hong Kong Open badminton quarterfinals

PV Sindhu advances into Hong Kong Open badminton quarterfinals

Sindhu dominated the game from the beginning, ending the game in less than 40 minutes.

Sindhu will now face former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the semi-finals on Saturday.

With the victory, Sindhu bettered her head-to-head with the Japanese taking a 4-2 lead.

But Sindhu levels the match at 18-18 and then from there, it was no stopping the Indian. It is a fine win considering the Japanese was seeded number five.

Ratchanok, who also advanced to the semi-finals of the China Open last week, needed just 39 minutes to secure her 21-14, 21-16 quarter-final victory at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

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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.

However, tenth-ranked Saina's journey ended in Hong Kong as she failed to cross the hurdle of China's Chen Yufei in the second round.

It will be their first meeting this year.

It was the first time in 2017 that the World No. 3 Sindhu had attained a win over the Japanese shuttler.

In the men's singles, World No 10 Prannoy suffered an upset, losing to 23rd ranked Kazumasa Sakai 11-21, 21-10, 21-15 in 54 minutes. He squandered three match points to slump to a 21-15, 9-21, 20-22 defeat to the World No. 52 Lee Dong Keun of Korea.