Lucknow: India’s star shuttler Parupalli Kashyap and teen sensation PV Sindhu stormed into the semi-finals of the men’s and women’s singles respectively in the USD 120,000 Syed Modi Indian Grand Prix Gold tournament here on Friday.
Kashyap, the 2012 Olympic quarter-finalist, survived a scare from the unheralded Malaysian Soon Huat Goh before scoring a 21-23, 21-8, 21-16 win.
Earlier, Sindhu, the women's world No. 23 and second seed in the tournament was hardly tested in her 21-13, 21-17 win over Indonesia’s Febby Angguni, the runners-up at the recently-concluded Tata Open in Mumbai.
“There were a lot of rallies in the game. Yet I played my game and I'm happy to enter the semi-finals,” 17-year-old Sindhu said after the match.
However, as many as three Indian challengers fell by the wayside in the men's singles quarter final clashes here. The day’s proceedings began on the back foot for the hosts as India’s K Srikanth lost 21-16, 21-12 to the 14th seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in just 35 minutes.
Thereafter, the script remained unchanged in the round of eight as hopes continued to be dashed for the local fans.
The shuttlers from Indonesia proved unassailable in front of the Indian challengers in both skill and mind games, though full marks to the latter for putting up stiff resistance till the last minute.
Third seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia beat India's RMV Gurusaidutt 19-21, 22-20, 21-16 to enter the semis while fifth seed Alamsyah Yunus overcame HS Prannoy 18-21, 21-10, 21-12 in a match which lasted for more than an hour. However, it wasn't a smooth sailing for Sugiarto, who earned a yellow card from the referee, for wasting time. “He (Tommy) was taking too much time in the break which was hindering my game and the flow,” Gurusaidutt said.
In the women’s singles, Sapsiree Taerattanachai had an easy outing against the fifth seed Indonesian Aprilla Yuswandari, winning 21-16, 21-11 in 40 minutes.