China, India's got more than just Saina
Rising Indian shuttler PV Sindhu continued her giant killing spree as she stunned London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui of China to storm into the women's singles semifinals of the Li Ning China Masters Super Series badminton tournament in Changzhou, China today.other Updated: Sep 14, 2012 23:24 IST
Rising Indian shuttler PV Sindhu continued her giant killing spree as she stunned London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui of China to storm into the women's singles semifinals of the Li Ning China Masters Super Series badminton tournament in Changzhou, China on Friday.
World number 24 Sindhu, who is the lone Indian woman in the fray in the absence of star compatriot Saina Nehwal, won 21-19, 9-21, 21-16 in a tense 45-minute contest against the second seeded and world number three.
Ajay Jayaram came from a game behind to beat compatriot Sourabh Varma 12-21, 21-14, 21-16 in a quarterfinal battle that lasted 49 minutes.
In the semifinal, Ajay will take on the winner of the match between Bin Qiao of China and Hong Kong's Yun Hu.
RMV Gurusaidutt, however, crashed out of the tournament after going down to the top seed Long Chen of China 8-21, 12-21 in another quarterfinals clash of the men's singles event.
Sindhu turned out to be more aggressive than her fancied opponent as she went on to hit 26 smash winners as opposed to 20 by the Chinese. The net game was a close affair as the Indian had nine points to the Chinese's eight.
Sindhu came into the match high on confidence, having got the better of world number 14 and eighth seed Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand in the pre-quarterfinals of the tournament.
The 17-year-old will now take on the winner of the match between Busanan Ongbumrungpan of Thailand and fourth seeded Yanjiao Jiang of China in the last four stage.
The young shuttler straightaway opened a 3-0 lead and then made it 6-1 in the opening game before the Chinese reduced the gap to 6-7. Sidhu continued to maintain the lead but Xuerui used all her experience to make it 18-19. It looked like Sindhu would wither under intense pressure from the vastly experienced opponent but the Indian admirably held her nerve to take the first game 21-19.
First Published: Sep 14, 2012 23:20 IST