Indonesia Masters Badminton: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth continue impressive run, reach semi-finals
India shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth continued their impressive run to enter the semi-finals of their respective events at the Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton tournament here on Friday.
While Sindhu, seeded third, scripted a 21-13, 21-10 win over Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit in 35 minutes in the women’s singles quarter finals, Srikanth defeated compatriot HS Prannoy 21-7, 21-18 in the men’s last eight fixture.
With the win, the two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu extended her head-to-head record against the Turkish shuttler to 4-0. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad, ranked seven, had beaten Yigit last month as well in the Denmark Open.
Former world No. 1 Srikanth was at his vintage best and gave away just 7 points in a lop-sided first game. The second game was more evenly matched as Prannoy, who claimed an upset win over Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Victor Axelsen on Thursday, made a strong recovery.
Prannoy started the proceedings aggressively, racing to a 5-2 lead but Srikanth came from behind to snatch the lead at the mid-game interval.
Srikanth then extended his lead to 15-12 and despite Prannoy levelling the proceedings again, Srikanth and sealed the match. to reach his second consecutive semi-finals.
Sindhu, who has got relatively easy opponents until now, has a tough match ahead as she will face top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.