Odense [Denmark], October 20 (ANI): PV Sindhu put up a robust show to beat Thailand’s Supanida Katethong 21-19, 21-12 and entered the semifinals of the BWF Denmark Open 2023 on Friday on the Jyske Bank Arena in Odense.
Two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu will now face Carolina Marin of Spain who defeated Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 19-21, 21-15, 21-18 within the semi-final of the BWF Super 750 match.
Carolina Marin has received 10 matches in opposition to PV Sindhu whereas the Indian shuttler has triumphed 5 instances. The Spaniard, in reality, has received her final 4 outings in opposition to Sindhu, together with on the Malaysia Open in January this yr.
The first recreation between Sindhu and Katethong ebbed and flowed, with each shuttlers going toe to toe for each level.
PV Sindhu, a former world champion, picked up two factors early within the recreation however conceded 5 straight earlier than making a robust comeback to go up 11-8 into the mid-game break.
Placed twelfth within the badminton rankings, Sindhu was barely higher than her world No. 19 opponent publish the interval, taking the primary recreation in 21 minutes.
The second recreation was additionally equally contested and it was Sindhu who, regardless of Katethong’s sustained efforts, edged forward 11-9 on the break.
Sindhu, the Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist, then put her greatest foot ahead to pocket the second recreation and transfer to the final 4. The match lasted 46 minutes.
This was the sixth assembly between Sindhu and Katethong. The Indian now leads the head-to-head 4-2.
Sindhu had defeated Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour and Indonesia’s Gregoria Tunjung, the seventh seed, within the earlier rounds.
Aakarshi Kashyap was the opposite Indian within the girls’s singles. She crashed out of the match within the Round of 16.
Meanwhile, Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth exited the boys’s singles occasion after shedding their respective opening-round matches.
Results on the Denmark Open will depend in direction of gamers’ qualifying rankings for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The qualification window for badminton began on May 1 this yr. (ANI)