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Denmark Open: P V Sindhu eases her way into semi-finals

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 6:08 IST

Two-time World Championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu emerged as the only surviving Indian at the Denmark Open, after she secured a straight-game win over Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying on Friday, 16 October, to reach the quarterfinals of the USD 650,000 Super Series Premier event in Odense.

World No. 13 Sindhu, who lost thrice to Ying in the past, recorded a dominating 21-12 21-15 win over the third seed in a women's singles match that lasted 34 minutes at the Odense Sports Park.

The Hyderabadi will next take on sixth seed Chinese Wang Yihan, who is also a 2011 World Champion and silver medallist at 2012 London Olympics and a former World No. 1.

Sindhu has lost to Yihan four times in the past. The only time she had beaten the Chinese earlier was at the World Championships in 2013.

Sindhu produced a dominating game as she led 4-2 early on and then kept extending the lead to eventually seal the opening game.

In the second game, Ying tried to put up a fight and opened up a slender 4-2 lead but the Indian clawed back in no time and broke off at 8-8 to move to 14-9 lead. Ying narrowed down the lead to 13-14 but she could never wrest control as Sindhu marched on to shut the door on her higher-ranked opponent.


First published: 17 October 2015, 1:50 IST