24 June, 2017
Kidambi Srikanth continued his fine form to enter the men's singles semifinals but Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu bowed out of the Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament in Sydney on Friday.
In men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth defeated compatriot Sai Praneeth 25-23, 21-17. Great smashes from Sindhu helped her get points but then followed by errors cost her the game.
Saina Nehwal registered two straight wins in her first two games against the World No. 4 by winning the first round easily 21-10.
Saina went down to sixth-seeded Sun Yu of China in a quarter-finals match.
Sindhu lost to World No.1 Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 21-10, 22-20, 21-16 while Saina was defeated by Sun Yu 17-21, 21-10, 21-17.
Notably, Srikanth was denied a title in Singapore by Praneeth, who won the final after coming back from behind 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 in a 55-minute battle. However, Srikanth turned around the match to win five straight points and make it 18-16. From there on, an intense battle started as both the Indians saved two game points each, which saw Srikanth pocketing the game 25-23.
Saina was thoroughly in control of the proceedings in the second game. Towards the end, Srikanth used all his experience to comfortably win the tie 21-17. Yuqi stormed in the final over Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.
Sindhu started off well in the third game as well as she was leading by 4-2, not giving Ying much room to play her shots and dominate Sindhu. Sindhu's match lasted a little bit as her opponent won the first game but she made a comeback in the other two and won 21-14 and 21-14. But, the Taiwanese made a wonderful comeback in the second game.
It was a tough opening game where both shuttlers gave their all but Srikanth was just too good.
Meanwhile, India's campaign in the women's singles category in the event ended after defending champion Saina Nehwal and shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out of quarter-finals in Sydney. However, he could not hold the higher-ranked player as Srikanth extended his lead to 11-9 at the break.
In the second game, Praneeth again had a 4-1 lead but Srikanth once again surpassed him to grab an 11-9 advantage.
It then came a point where the scores were levelled at 15-15 after which the Chinese won 5 straight points to make it 20-15. She kept her nerves and didn't allow the Indian free her arms to run away with the match 21-17.