PV Sindhu falls to Carolina Marin in Singapore Open QF, Srikanth, Praneeth in SF
PV Sindhu, who had defeated Carolina Marin in the previous two occasions, was outclassed by a supremely fit Olympic champion as she lost 21-11, 21-15 in the quarterfinals of the Singapore Open Superseriesother sports Updated: Apr 14, 2017 22:48 IST
World No 5 PV Sindhu bowed out of the Singapore Open Super Series on Friday as she lost to Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin 21-11, 21-15, in a match that lasted just 35 minutes. (HIGHLIGHTS)
After being tied at 2-2 at the start, it was the Spaniard who dictated terms in the first game as she surged to a two-point lead before increasing the margin to five. At the break, Marin led Sindhu 11-4 and the Indian was unable to match up to Marin’s class. From drop-shots to her favoured smashes from near the net, Marin was simply unstoppable.
The situation was no different after the break as well with Sindhu managing to pick up just a single point of the first six. Sindhu did make a brief fight back after that, but it came a little too late as Marin took the first game in just 14 minutes after coming out on top of a brilliant 25-shot rally.
Marin started the second game in an equally dominant fashion as well, taking the first three points, before opening up a six-point lead at the break. Sindhu did manage to pull things back a bit, earning a few terrific points to claw back into the match, but the six-point cushion gave Marin plenty of opportunities to back herself as she took the game 21-15.
Earlier, the Indian pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost to third seeds Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong 11-21, 8-21.
Srikanth, Sai Praneeth in semis
Indian men’s singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth advanced to the semi-finals, while P.V. Sindhu and the mixed doubles pair of B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in the quarter-finals of the $350,000 Singapore Open Superseries here on Friday.
Praneeth fought hard to get the better of Thai eighth seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 15-21, 21-14, 21-19 in an hour and 11 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The Indian will meet South Korean Lee Dong Keun, who got past Indonesian Jonatan Christie 21-18, 21-16.
Srikanth smashed past Chinese fifth seed Shi Yuqi 21-14, 21-16 in 36 minutes to set-up a last four clash against Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who got the better of Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-19, 21-14.