Hong Kong Open Superseries: PV Sindhu downs Akane Yamaguchi in straight games to enter semi-finals
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan to enter the semi-final of the Hong Kong Open Superseries on Friday.
Hong Kong: Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan to enter the semi-final of the Hong Kong Open Superseries on Friday.
Second seed Sindhu outplayed the fifth seed Japanese shuttler 21-12, 21-19 in a match which lasted 37 minutes.
In the first game, Sindhu displayed a substantially improved performance and played aggressively throughout which helped her to seal the issue.
At one point, in the second game, Sindhu was trailing but soon the Indian shuttler bounced back in style and matched the pace of her opponent.
The last few points saw a see-saw battle between the duo but it was Sindhu who proved superior and bagged the match to advance.
Sindhu will now take on sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, who defeated Michelle Li of Canada in the quarters.
Earlier, Sindhu defeated Aya Ohori of Japan 21-14, 21-17 in 39 minutes to enter the third round on Thursday.
Sindhu is one of the favourites for the gold, especially in the absence of defending champion Carolina Marin, who missed the Games due to an injury.
Former and current Indian cricketers took to social media to pass on their best wishes to Indian athletes participating in Tokyo Olympics.
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Park also addded that Tai Tzu-ying would be Sindhu's biggest rival at the Olympics.