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Indonesia Open: PV Sindhu toils into semifinals

Gets the better of Sim Yujin in the quarter final that lasted an hour and six minutes
PV Sindhu

PTI   |   Published 27.11.21, 01:22 AM

India’s PV Sindhu came back from a game down to beat South Korea’s Sim Yujin and enter the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open Super 1000 tournament here on Friday. The men’s doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty later beat Malaysia’s Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 21-19, 21-19 in straight games to also make the semi-finals.

Sindhu, seeded third, had to toil hard to get the better of Yujin 14-21, 21-19, 21-14 in the quarter final that lasted an hour and six minutes.


The Indian will next play second seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, who got the better of Japan’s Asuka Takahashi 21-17, 21-12.

Sindhu started confidently, racing to a 7-1 lead, before the Japanese pocketed six straight points to draw the first game level. But once Yujin took a slender 11-10 lead at the break, she didn’t look back and won the game comfortably.

The Japanese continued in the same vein in the second game and matched Sindhu stroke for stroke till the first seven points before the Indian upped her game. Sindhu used her vast experience to draw level.

In the decider, Sindhu  raced to a comfortable 11-4 lead but the Japanese secured seven consecutive points to make it 11-11. Sensing trouble, Sindhu took her game to the next level just at the right time to outwit her rival and seal the match in her favour.

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