PV Sindhu cruises; Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy out

Saina Nehwal

While second seed Sindhu eased past Hong Kong's qualifier Leung Yuet Yee 21-18, 21-10, Saina registered a hard-fought 21-19, 23-21 win over Denmark's Mette Poulsen.

It will be a tough contest for the 22-year-old Sindhu, who has a poor 1-4 record against the former World No.1 Thai. Prannoy lagged behind for most part of the opening game even though he did manage to turn the tables a few times, taking slender leads at 9-8, 13-12 and 16-15. Sakai had saved five match points to edge Prannoy in their last encounter at the Indonesia Open.

Sindhu dominated the game from the beginning, ending the game in less than 40 minutes. The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist will next face former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the last-four clash on Saturday. The Indian has now shot back with a 21-12, 21-19 victory on Friday. Saina had to save a game point in the second game and won the match on her second match point. Akane Yamaguchi of Japan was drawn against Pusarla Sindhu of India, and Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan faced Chen Yufei of China in the other quarter-finals. Singapore Open Superseries victor B Sai Praneeth could not give any resistance to the second seeded Son Wan Ho and fell 8-21, 16-21. Intanon defeated Canada's Michelle Li in the quarterfinals.

The men's doubles duo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy was beaten 17-21, 17-21 by Khim Wah Lim and Yoo Yeon Seong.

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