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India Open: Sindhu enters semis
January 15, 2022

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One-liner: P V Sindhu defeated fellow Indian Ashmita Chaliha in straight games, to enter into the semis at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open badminton tournament on Friday.

Opponent to face next: Top seed Sindhu, a former world champion, took 36 minutes to get the better of 21-year-old Chaliha 21-7 21-18 and set up a last-four clash with Thailand's Supanida Katethong, seeded sixth.

Yeo Jia Min pulled out: Katethong entered the semi-finals after the third seeded Yeo Jia Min of Singapore pulled out of the tournament due to high fever.

Zoom in: The last time Sindhu was up against Chaliha, at the 83rd Yonex-Sunrise Senior National Championship in 2019, the youngster from Assam had produced a spirited performance.

  • On Friday, Chaliha took time to get into the groove and put up a good fight in the second game but couldn't stop Sindhu from walking away with the match

Other semi-final match: Aakarshi Kashyap will face second seeded Thai Busanan Ongbamrungphan after the Indian notched up a 21-12 21-15 win over compatriot Malvika Bansod in the quarterfinals on Friday.

  • Busanan trounced USA's Lauren Lam 21-12 21-8 in another last-eight clash

In men’s doubles: Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek K cut a sorry figure against Malaysian third seeds Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, losing 7-21 7-21 in just 19 minutes.

In mixed doubles: Indian pairing of Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan, seeded 8th, were no match for Malaysian combination of Chen Tang Jie and Peck Yen Wei, going down 10-21 13-21 in just 23 minutes.

  • Another Indian pair of Nithin HV and Ashwini Bhat K lost 15-21 19-21 to Singapore's Hee Yong Kai Terry and Tan Wei Han to bow out of the USD 400,000 event

Source: PTI