Indonesia Masters: Srikanth beats Prannoy to move into semis | Badminton News – Times of India

BALI: Premier Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth continued their spectacular run and registered dominant victories to enter the semifinals of their respective occasions on the Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton event on Friday.
While reigning world champion Sindhu, seeded third, scripted a convincing 21-13 21-10 win over Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit in 35 minutes within the girls’s singles quarterfinals, Srikanth made brief work of compatriot HS Prannoy 21-7 21-18 within the males’s final eight fixture.
With the win the 2-time Olympic medallist Sindhu prolonged her dominating head-to-head document towards the Turkish shuttler to 4-0.
The 26-12 months-previous from Hyderabad, ranked seven, had crushed Yigit final month as properly within the Denmark Open.
In the lads’s occasion, former world No. 1 Srikanth was at his classic finest and gave away simply 7 factors in a lop-sided first recreation.
The second recreation was extra evenly matched as Prannoy, who claimed an upset win over Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Victor Axelsen earlier, made a robust restoration.
Prannoy began the proceedings aggressively, racing to a 5-2 lead however Srikanth got here from behind to snatch the lead on the mid-recreation interval.
Having gained momentum, the previous world No. 1 then prolonged his lead to 15-12 and regardless of Prannoy levelling the proceedings as soon as once more, Srikanth sealed the match to attain his second consecutive semifinals.
He will now tackle both Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn or Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, who’s seeded third, within the semifinals.
Sindhu, who has acquired comparatively straightforward opponents till now, has a troublesome match forward as she’s going to face high seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.
Although Yamaguchi is presently ranked third on the earth and is the highest seed, Sindhu has a superior 12-7 head-to-head document towards the Japanese shuttler and has received each the conferences between the 2 this 12 months.

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