Indian ace shuttler PV Sindhu continued her dominant run in the ongoing Korea Open Super Series, 2017 with an impressive entry into the semifinals after defeating Japanese Minatsu Mitani 21-19, 16-21, 21-10.
Sindhu has been in brilliant form since her silver medal triumph in the Rio Olympics after which she run over the then World number 1 Carolina Marin in the Indian Open avenging her Gold loss at the Rio Olympics.
The quarterfinal was not a smooth run for Sindhu who faced stern competition from Mitani. The match which went into the final set saw Sindhu take the opening set 21-19 after leading 11-9 at the break. The world number four then couldn’t keep the pace in 2nd set after a 13-8 lead she gave away the game 21-18 as the Japanese pulled off a stunning comeback forcing Sindhu to make errors.
Third game started off with fiery round of shots from both end but once in lead Sindhu made sure she took the set 21-16.
Sindhu if manages to brush apart her opponent from the winner of the game between Sung Ji-hyun and He Bingjiao in the semifinals she can be up against Nazomi Okuhara, if the Japanese too clinches a win in her semifinal clash.
The two booking a spot each in the finals would be a historic repeat of the World Championships final where Okuhara recently got past Sindhu in a nail biting battle to win Gold at worlds.
Sameer Verma, meanwhile, lost to South Korean top seed Son Wan Ho 22-20, 10-21, 13-21 in an hour and nine minutes.
Sameer had stunned Son during first meeting — at the India Open in March earlier this year. But Son this time played a nearly flawless game to enter the last four stage.
Son will meet Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, while Chinese Taipei’s seventh seed Wang Tzu Wei will face Indonesian Jonatan Christie in the men’s singles semi-finals.
The teenage doubles pair of Satwik-Chirag lost to Japanese third seeds Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda 14-21, 21-17, 15-21 in 55 minutes.For all the latest Sports News, download NewsX App