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Sindhu beats Ashmita Chaliha to enter India Open semi-finals

Former world champion PV Sindhu beat upcoming Indian player Ashmita Chaliha 21-7, 21-18 to enter the women’s singles semi-finals in India Open 2022 here on Friday.
Former world champion PV Sindhu beat upcoming Indian player Ashmita Chaliha 21-7, 21-18 to enter the women’s singles semi-finals in India Open 2022 here on Friday. Photo: IOC

New Delhi, Jan 14 (MNN) Former world champion PV Sindhu beat upcoming Indian player Ashmita Chaliha 21-7, 21-18 to enter the women’s singles semi-finals in India Open 2022 here on Friday.

Sindhu started the quarter-final match on a strong note at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall, dominating the 22-year-old South Asian Games gold medallist from Assam to race to an 11-7 lead in the first game.

From there, Ashmita Chaliha failed to make inroads and conceded 10 successive points to lose the first game in just 11 minutes.

The second game saw fewer unforced errors and stronger rallies from Ashmita Chaliha with the game poised 11-10 at the break.

The southpaw, who stunned fifth seed Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia and then Yaelle Hoyaux of France on her way to the quarter-finals, produced consistent counter-attacks to keep Sindhu in check with the game tied at 15-15.

The two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, however, remained clinical and amped her pace in time to clinch the match in 36 minutes.

PV Sindhu, the 2017 India Open champion, will next take on the sixth seed from Thailand Supanida Katethong for a place in the final.

Katethong received a walkover after Yeo Jia Min of Singapore, seeded third, pulled out of the India Open due to high fever.

In other women’s singles quarter-finals, youngster Aakarshi Kashyap made light work of Malvika Bansod, who defeated Saina Nehwal in the round of 16. She won the match 21-12, 21-15 in 45 minutes and will face second seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan from Thailand in the semi-finals.

In men’s singles, world championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen came from a game down to defeat HS Prannoy 14-21, 21-9, 21-14 in a seesaw battle that lasted 60 minutes.

In men’s doubles, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek K lost to Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 21-7, 21-7 in just 19 minutes.

The Indian mixed pair of Nithin HV and Ashwini Bhat lost to Singapore’s Terry Hee Yong Kai and Tan Wei Han 21-15, 21-19 in 30 minutes.

The match was followed by another loss for India in mixed doubles with veteran Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan losing to third seeds from Malaysia Chen Tang Jie and Peck Yen Wei 21-10 and 21-13 in 23 minutes.

Olympian pair Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and world champion Loh Kean Yew will be seen in action later in the day.

As many as 11 matches were listed as walkovers on Thursday with seven shuttlers, including India’s top badminton player in men’s singles Kidambi Srikanth, testing positive for COVID-19 earlier.

Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Thakar, Treesa Jolly, Mithun Manjunath, Simran Singhi, and Khushi Gupta were the other Indians who had to withdraw after testing COVID-19 positive.

India Open: Srikanth, Ponnappa among seven to test positive; 11 matches called off

Sindhu beats Ira Sharma, sails into quarter-finals at India Open

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