Hong Kong Open: Sindhu through to semifinals

Day of hits and near misses

However, it was curtains for Saina Nehwal and H.S. Prannoy.

Last year, Sindhu had defeated the Japanese twice: in the Dubai World Super Series Finals in December, and the BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in May.

The Hong Kong player, formerly ranked No. 4, had the upper hand for most of the match. Sakai had saved five match points to edge Prannoy in their last encounter at the Indonesia Open. After a close first game, Sindhu was a runaway victor in the second toying with her opponent while hitting deceptive lobs and steep smashes.

PV Sindhu entered Hong Kong Open Super Series semifinal with the win. In their last meeting, at 2016 Malaysia Open, the Thai shuttler beat Sindhu in straight games 21-7, 21-8.

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In the women's doubles event, the Indian team of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy suffered a major blow as they bowed out of the tournament after going down against the Chinese combo of Huang Dongping and Li Wenmei 11-21 21-19 19 -21 in a hard-fought contest. Saina had to save a game point in the second game and won the match on her second match point.

The London Olympic Medalist will now face Chen Yufei in the round of 16.

None of the other Indians could win on Day 2 of the Hong Kong Open.

Chahal or Axar? Who will take more wickets for India? Kashyap lost 21-15, 9-21, 20-22 to South Korean Lee Dong Keun in an hour and nine minutes.

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