Thailand Open: PV Sindhu advances into the semi-finals
Ace Indian shutter PV Sindhu advanced into the semi-finals beating Soniia Cheah of Malaysia in straight sets at the 350,000 Thailand Open badminton tournament on Friday.
The second seed Indian upstaged Cheah 21-17, 21-13, in just 36 minutes to progress into the next round, where she will face World No.29 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia against whom she has 2-0 record having beaten her in both the meetings.
Sindhu, the last Indian in the foray did not have a great start and was trailing 8-12 at the break of the first set. However, she came back strong to clinch the first game.
The start of the second game was much better for the World No. 3 but the game moved at a snail’s pac with both the shutters keeping up with each other. Standing at 11-10, Sindhu led by just one point at the break but notched up a comfortable victory with nine straight points.
Cheah saved three after the break but in the end the lead was too big for her to stage a comeback.
Pashupalli Kashyap went down fighting to Japanese Kanta Tsuneyama losing 21-18, 18-21, 21-19 in a three-game thriller that lasted an hour and eight minutes. Another pair of Manu-Sumeeth lost to Japanese combine of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 24-22, 13-21, 19-21 in an hour and six minutes.