Srikanth, Praneeth make it to semis; Sindhu loses

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Apr 2017 09:02:48


SINGAPORE,

Apr 14,

 (PTI),

OLYMPIC silver medallist PV Sindhu suffered a crushing quarter-final loss to arch-rival Carolina Marin but B Sai Praneeth and K Srikanth advanced to the semi-finals of the Singapore Open Super Series.

Sindhu, who had reached to a career-best world number 2 ranking after winning the India Open by beating Marin in New Delhi, went down 11-21, 15-21 in a lopsided quarter-final match in the women’s singles event.

Praneeth, however, battled for an hour and 11 minutes to eke out a 15-21, 21-14, 21-19 win over eighth-seeded Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in the men’s singles quarter-finals. The Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold finalist Indian will face Korea’s Lee Dong Keun in the semi-finals.

Srikanth, who is on a comeback trail after recovering from an injury, notched up a dominating 21-14, 21-16 win over All England Championship runner-up Shi Yuqi of China to set up a semi-final clash with Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, who had beaten Sourabh Verma early in the tournament.

In the mixed doubles competition, B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 11-21, 8-21 to the third-seeded Chinese duo of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong.

It was a rare bad day in office for Sindhu as she was completely outwitted by Marin, who showed tremendous agility and pounced on every opportunity to emerge victorious.

Sindhu, who had dropped down to world number 5 due to her first round exit at the Malaysia Open last week, never looked the player who had outsmarted Marin not too long back in New Delhi.

The Indian just could not match up to the pace of Marin. The opening game started aggressively with Marin being quicker off the blocks in fast-paced rallies.  Marin opened up a 2-0 lead early on and then made Sindhu run across the court with her angled strokes.

Sindhu, on the other hand, miscued her shots even as Marin sealed an 11-4 advantage with a smash on the Indian's backhand. The Spaniard continued in the same vein yelling her heart out at every point won and did not allow Sindhu to gather herself. Marin was up 16-4 in no time.