PV Sindhu tames World No.2 Shixian Wang to reach Swiss Open semis
Basel (Switzerland): Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated World No.2 Shixian Wang in straight games to enter the women's singles semifinals at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at St. Jakobshalle here.
Parupalli Kashyap too made to the last four while Saina Nehwal exited the competition.
PV Sindhu. File pic/AFP
World No.9 Sindhu took 45 minutes Friday to get past Wang 21-17, 21-15, going up 3-0 over the Chinese in career meetings.
The Indian had last beaten Wang in the World Championships last year. She next plays Wang's country-woman Sun Yu Saturday.
Sindhu's eighth-ranked compatriot Saina, however, failed to breach the Chinese wall, going down against World No.3 Yihan Wang 17-21, 12-21 in 38 minutes. Saina now has a 1-7 head-to-head record against the former world champion.
Kashyap made the men's singles semifinals beating Chinese Taipei's Tien Chen Chou 21-15, 21- 23, 18-21 in a fierce battle lasting one hour 14 minutes.
The Hyderabadi, who has slipped to 25th position in the rankings, faces 27th-ranked Tian Houwei of China in the last four.