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PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy enter semi-finals of French Open badminton

PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy earned contrasting victories to enter their respective semi-finals at the French Open Superseries in Paris on Friday.

other sports Updated: Oct 28, 2017 01:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PV Sindhu,Chen Yufei,French Open
PV Sindhu will next face winner of the match between Sung Ju Hyun and Akane Yamaguchi in French Open semi-finals.(Reuters)

World Championships silver medallist PV Sindhu beat Chen Yufei of China in straight games to storm into the women’s singles semi-final of the French Open Superseries in Paris on Friday. Compatriot HS Prannoy also earned a straight games victory to enter the men’s singles last four.

This is Sindhu’s first-ever last-four appearence in the tournament. The Olympic silver medallist took just 41 minutes to brush the challenge of World No. 10 Yufei 21-14 21-14 in the quarter-finals.

By virtue of this win, Indian had avenged upon her opening round loss to the Chinese at the Denmark Open, last week.

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Sindhu, who had defeated Yufei at the World Championships, now lead the Chinese 3-2 in the overall head- to-head record.

Sindhu was in her element today as she used her long reach and court coverage to flummox her opponent and get the better of her with consummate ease.

Yufei did not look her best today as she was undone by numerous unforced errors.

Sindhu, seeded second, always enjoyed the upperhand in the duel, except for the first 10 points of the opening game where it was neck-and-neck battle between the duo.

But once she surged ahead 12-10, there was no looking back as Sindhu controlled the game from there on with deft drop shots and down the line and cross court smashes to race to 18-12 lead.

Yufei managed to grab two points but unforced errors cost her dearly as she pushed a drop shot wide to hand the Indian the first game in 19 minutes.

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Sindhu, however, was slow to get off the blocks in the second game as Yufei took a 3-0 lead.

But the Indian managed to claw her way back, courtesy unforced errors from the Chinese to draw level at 5-5.

From there on, Sindhu controlled the proceedings, except for a few unforced errors in between, to take a 11-7 lead at the break.

The Indian then managed to hold to her lead and pocketed the second game in 22 minuts to wrap up the issue.

Sindhu will next play the winner of another quarter-final between third seed Sung Ji Hyun of Korea and Japanese fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi tomorrow.

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Prannoy wins

Later, HS Prannoy defeated South Korean Jeon Hyeok Jin 21-16, 21-16 in 47 minutes to enter the men’s singles semi-finals. This is his first victory in two meetings against the South Korean and will next face the winner of the match between compatriot Kidambi Srikanth and Shi Yuqi of China.

In men’s doubles, Danish second seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen defeated Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty 21-5, 17-21, 21-17 in less than an hour.

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 21:39 IST