Sindhu enters semifinalsMarch 17, 2018
Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu produced a top-notch performance to register a thrilling three-game victory over 2016 champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and progress to her maiden semifinals at the All England badminton championships here on Friday.
The quarterfinal clash lived up to its billing as Sindhu and Okuhara strained every sinew to dish out yet another nail-biting contest at the Arena Birmingham.
It boiled down to finding the right balance of aggression and patience and Sindhu ensured that she had the last laugh as she outwitted Okuhara 20-22, 21-18, 21-18 in a battle that lasted an hour and 24 minutes.
Meanwhile on Thursday, Prannoy progressed to the last eight but third seed K. Srikanth crashed out after suffering a narrow defeat to China’s Huang Yuxiang.
The results: Women (quarterfinals): P.V. Sindhu bt Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) 20-22, 21-18, 21-18.
Thursday: Men: Huang Yuxiang (Chn) bt K. Srikanth 21-11, 15-21, 22-20; H.S. Prannoy bt Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 21-10, 21-19. Doubles: Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen (Den) bt Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty 21-16, 16-21, 23-21.
Mixed doubles: Wang Yilyu & Huang Dongping (Chn) bt Pranaav Jerry Chopra & N. Sikki Reddy 21-6, 21-10 .