India Open Badminton: PV Sindhu advances; Saina, Kashyap, Sai Praneeth out
Top seed PV Sindhu remained in hunt to defend her title by reaching the women's singles semi-finals but Saina Nehwal, the other top home shuttler, was knocked out of the India Open, here yesterday
India's PV Sindhu returns to Spain's Beatriz Corrales during the India Open quarter-final match in New Delhi yesterday. Pic/PTI
Top seed PV Sindhu remained in hunt to defend her title by reaching the women's singles semi-finals but Saina Nehwal, the other top home shuttler, was knocked out of the India Open, here yesterday.
Saina looked a little sluggish in her movement and committed too many unforced errors to go down 10-21, 13-21 to World No. 11 American Beiwen Zhang. Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, however, recovered from a mid-game slump to outwit Spain's World No. 36 Beatriz Corrales 21-12, 19-21, 21-11 in the other quarter-final.
Meanwhile, it turned out to be a disappointed day for Indian men's singles players as P Kashyap, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma suffered straight game losses. Kashyap seemed a bit tired and couldn't keep up with China's Qiao Bin, losing 16-21, 18-21 in the men's singles quarter-finals. Praneeth too failed to negotiate the fast-paced game of third seed Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen and went down 15-21, 13-21. Later, Sameer lost 17-21, 14-21 against Malaysian qualifier Iskandar Zulkarnain.
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