Ratchanok in Hong-Kong semi-final

Lawrence Cooper
November 25, 2017

World number two PV Sindhu defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in straight games to enter women's singles semi-final of the Hong Kong Open Super Series on Friday.

The resistance was short-lived as PV Sindhu was able to wrap up the match quickly and will now face either Akane Yamaguchi or Sayaka Sato in the quarterfinals of the competition.

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.

In their sixth meeting, Sindhu started the match strongly and led the graph throughout to a comfortable win.

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Sindhu dominated the game from the beginning, ending the game in less than 40 minutes. Sindhu again took a 3-0 lead in the second game and was looking to replicate what she did in the opener.

Sindhu, seeded second, disposed of Hong Kong's Leung Yuet Yee 21-18, 21-10 to set up a clash with either Japan's Aya Ohori or Russia's Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the next round.

Ratchanok reached into top four after beating her Canadian opponent Michelle Li 21-14, 21-16 in the other quarterfinal.

Thursday also witnessed India's men's campaign ending with the defeat of 10th-ranked HS Prannoy to Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 10-21, 15-21 in a 54-minute battle. Kashyap lost 21-15, 9-21, 20-22 to South Korean Lee Dong Keun in an hour and nine minutes.

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