PV Sindhu reaches Honk Kong Open semi-finals

Day of hits and near misses

Hu saved one before Prannoy sealed it without much ado. But the next two games saw a sudden downfall. The lower-ranked player was in the lead till 11-8 after which Prannoy exuded his trademark fighting skills to level the game at 12-12.

Right from the start, Sindhu looked lethal and played aggressively to outplay her opponent in straight games.

It would not be an easy target for the Indian shuttler to defeat former world no. 1 Intanon who enjoys an upper hand over Sindhu. On Wednesday, World No 2 Sindhu had defeated Leung Yuet Yee of Hong Kong 21-18, 21-10 in the opening round. The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist will next face former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the last-four clash on Saturday.

Saina staved off a spirited challenge from World No.44 Mette Poulsen of Denmark before emerging a victor with a 21-19, 23-21 in a 46-minute match. Saina had to save a game point in the second game and won the match on her second match point.


However, tenth-ranked Saina's journey ended in Hong Kong as she failed to cross the hurdle of China's Chen Yufei in the second round.

Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out of the Hong Kong Open Superseries in the second round of the badminton championship.

Chahal or Axar? Who will take more wickets for India?

Sourabh Verma, who has come back from an ankle injury, lost 15-21, 8-21 to Tommy Sugiarto.

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