Sindhu seals semis spot

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Sep 2017 11:02:10


SEOUL,

Sept 15,

(PTI),

OLYMPIC silver medallist PV Sindhu progressed to the semi-finals of women’s singles but it was curtains for Sameer Verma in men’s singles event at the USD 600,000 Korea Open Super Series, here on Friday. Sindhu, who had won the silver at the World Championship last month, recovered from a mid-game slump to stave off the challenge from World No 19 Minatsu Mitani of Japan 21-19, 16-21, 21-10 in a match that lasted 63 minutes.

The fifth seeded Indian, who had a 1-1 head-to-head record against the Japanese, will next face either third seed Sung Ji Hyun or China’s He Bingjiao, seeded sixth at the SK Handball Stadium here.  In the men’s doubles, the unseeded Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shtetty lost to third seeded Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda 14-21, 21-17, 15-21 in the quarter-finals.

A little more than five months ago, Sameer had defeated Son Wan in the opening round at India Super Series in March but since then the Korean has climbed to the top of world ranking. Early this morning, Sameer once again tried to get across the Korean but top seed Son Wan dished out a gritty performance to beat the Indian 20-22, 21-10, 21-13 in an hour and nine minute duel.

In the women’s singles, Sindhu eked out a 6-2 lead early on in the opening game but Mitani managed to claw back and turn the tables around, reaching 11-9 at the break. After a close battle till 16-16, Sindhu jumped to 19-16. Mitani then erased the deficit but Sindhu ensured she had the bragging rights after the first game as she sealed it quickly. In the second game, Mitani opened up a 8-4 lead but Sindhu surpassed her soon and was leading 12-9. But the Japanese once again clawed back at 13-13 and then moved away from the Indian to roar back into the contest.

Sameer, Praneeth improve in BWF ranking

NEW DELHI,

Sept 15,

(PTI)

SHUTTLERS Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma improved a rung each to reach the 16th and 25th spots respectively in the latest BWF ranking. Ajay Jayaram, who skipped the ongoing Korea Open, slipped a place to be at 17th. Kidambi Srikanth remains the best placed Indian men at eighth spot, while HS Prannoy also was static at the 18th position. Female shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were static at the fourth and 12th positions respectively.