PV Sindhu reaches Honk Kong Open semi-finals

PV Sindhu reaches Honk Kong Open semi-finals

PV Sindhu reaches Honk Kong Open semi-finals

Second seeded Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu entered the quarterfinals of Hong Kong Open defeating Japan's Aya Ohori comfortably in the second round on Thursday. The Indian is expected to have a tough bout against the former World No. 1 whom she has defeated just once before in five encounters.

Earlier in the day, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal advanced to the second round of the tournament after registering a 21-19, 23-21 win over Mette Poulsen of Denmark in a 46-minute first round clash.

With the victory, Sindhu bettered her head-to-head with the Japanese taking a 4-2 lead.

The 25-year-old, who defeated his countryman Kidambi Srikanth to win 2017 Senior National Badminton Championship last week, will face Japan's Kazumasa Sakai, who had defeated the Indian in the semifinals of Indonesia Open Super Series Premier. Carolina Marin of Spain - who had twice been the world champion and had also defeated PV Sindhu to clinch the gold medal in the Rio Olympics final - lost to Canadian shuttler Michelle Li 19-21, 21-13, 11-8 (retired). In their last meeting, at 2016 Malaysia Open, the Thai shuttler beat Sindhu in straight games 21-7, 21-8.

In the men's singles, Prannoy moved into the second round after a 19-21, 21-17, 21-15 win in an hour and one minute over Hong Kong's Hu Yun. The players met for the first time.

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