Macau: Defending champion PV Sindhu notched up a comfortable straight-game win in women's singles to enter the final but young shuttler HS Prannoy lost despite a valiant fight in the men's singles semi-final of the Macau Grand Prix Gold on Saturday.
The two-time World Championship bronze-medallist, Sindhu, held an all-win 4-0 record against Busanan Ongbumrungpan of Thailand before coming into the match and the Indian kept her record intact by registering her fifth win on Saturday.
The second-seeded Indian prevailed over Busanan, seeded eighth, 21-14, 21-15 in a 42-minute match at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion.
Busanan moved into an early 5-2 lead but she couldn't keep the pressure on Sindhu and the Indian turned the tables, reaching 13-9 and didn't allow the Thai girl to claw back to pocket the first game. In the second game, Sindhu zoomed to 5-1 initially before Busanan drew parity at 8-8 and 12-12 but once again she was not consistent enough to bother Sindhu.
The duo played aggressive rallies and Busan played some extraordinary shots but it was mostly followed by a miscued hits which allowed Sindhu to keep her lead. Leading 19-15, Sindhu changed the pace of the rallies as Busanan hit the shuttle out and then found the net to hand over the match and the final place to the Indian.
Prannoy, on the other hand, waged a fierce battle but still failed to breach the defence of Wing Ki Wong of Hong Kong, who prevailed 21-16, 16-21, 21-12 in the match that lasted an hour.