Indian star shuttler P.V. Sindhu has made into the final round of the women’s single at the Korea Open after beating Chinese sixth seed He Bingjiao on September 16. Sindhu staved off He with a 21-10, 17-21, 21-16 semifinal win in an hour and six minutes at the SK Handball Stadium. This was her fourth win in nine meetings over the 2017 Asia Championships bronze medallist.
Now the Indian silver shuttler is all set to face Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara who conquered the Hyderabadi in the World Championships final in August in Glasgow.
Eighth seed Okuhara got the better of compatriot and second seed Akane Yamaguchi with a 21-17, 21-18 triumph in 38 minutes. Okuhara, 22, has a 4-3 lead in career meetings against 22-year-old Sindhu and Sunday will present the Indian a great chance to seek a revenge for the Glasgow loss.
Meanwhile, unseeded Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting stunned South Korean top seed Son Wan Ho 16-21, 21-18, 21-13 in an hour and 18 minutes. Ginting will on Sunday take on compatriot Jonatan Christie, who moved past Chinese Taipei’s seventh seed Wang Tzu Wei with a 21-13, 21-17 victory in 32 minutes.
Earlier on September 15, PV Sindhu saw off Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol 22-20 21-17 in the quarterfinals. Also, Hong Kong Super Series finalist and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold winner, Sameer Verma defeated Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-19 21-13 in 41 minutes and he will need to raise his game by a few notches when he faces local favourite Son Wan Ho.
Sindhu has been in ominous touch, but gold has eluded the Olympic silver medallist. She finished second in the World Badminton Championship.
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