Macau: Defending champion PV Sindhu entered the women’s singles semi-finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold after a tough three-game battle against China’s Chen Yufei at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion yesterday.

However, it was the end of the road for male Indian shuttlers as both HS Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth bowed out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage.

PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu

While Indonesian 16th seed Ihsan Maulana Mustofa defeated seventh seed Prannoy 18-21, 21-19, 21-11 in 59 minutes, Malaysian Goh Soon Huat took care of 15th seeded Sai, winning 21-16, 21-23, 21-13 in a marathon match that lasted an hour and 10 minutes.

Fifth seeded Sindhu, on the other hand, earned a 21-13, 18-21, 21-14 win in 54 minutes in her first encounter against the World No 91.

She will next take on Japanese second seed Akane Yamaguchi for a place in the final for the third consecutive year after winning the title the last two years.