Two-time Olympic champions P V Sindhu and H S Prannoy advanced to the women’s and men’s singles semifinals respectively while Kidambi Srikanth crashed out in the Malaysia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament. Sindhu, seeded sixth, defeated lower-ranked Yiman Zhang of China by 21. 16, 13. 21, 22. Beaten by 20. At the same time, Pranay defeated Kenta Nishimoto of Japan by 25. 23, 18. 21, 21. 13 beat.
Sindhu, ranked 13th in the world, also avenged her loss to 18th ranked Zhang in the last 32 of the All England Open. Sindhu will next face world number nine Gregoria Mariska T of Indonesia, who beat second seed Yi Zhi Wang of China 21. 18, 22. Beaten by 20.
Gregoria defeated Sindhu in straight games in the Madrid Spain Masters final in April. However, Sindhu’s career record against her is 7. 1’s. World number nine Prannoy will face qualifier Cristian Adinata. Qualifier Edinata of Indonesia beat Srikanth by 16. 21, 21. 16, 21. Defeated by 11.
Prannoy has never played against the 21-year-old Adinata. The Indonesian player started playing at the senior level only last year. Sindhu and Gregoria had an exciting first game. Sindhu once 0 . Was behind 5 but made a great comeback to score 10 . 10 done. After this Sindhu made a lead of 21. Won by 16.
In the second game, Zhang did not give Sindhu a chance to make a comeback and took the lead till the end to drag the match into the decider. The match in the deciding game was a draw and at one point the score was 17 . 17 was After this Sindhu scored 20. Opened a lead of 17 but Zhang leveled the score by taking the next three points. Sindhu won by taking the next two points.
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