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Sindhu stormed into the Thailand Open semi-finals


Sindhu stormed into the Thailand Open semi-finals

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P.V. Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist, beat world number one Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in three sets to reach the Thailand Open Super 500 semi-finals.

The sixth-seeded Indian defeated the second-seeded Japanese in straight sets, 21-15, 20-22, 21-13, to set up a showdown with China’s Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei.

The last time the two met, Sindhu was penalized a point by the umpire for delaying tactics during the semifinals of the Badminton Asia Championships.

While Sindhu entered the match with a 13-9 record in head-to-head meetings with the reigning World Champion, she turned in a strong performance to earn her 14th victory over her.

Yamaguchi blew a 3-point lead to allow Sindhu to take an 11-9 lead, but Sindhu’s cross court slices and drops were enough to keep the Japanese at bay.

Despite Yamaguchi’s five match points, Sindhu retaliated with seven straight points to take a commanding 19-14 advantage.

In Sindhu’s case, the shuttle had already been sent before Yamaguchi’s off-balance shuttle sent it to the net for the second time, securing the win for Sindhu.

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Due to her sloppy play and lack of consistency, Yamaguchi was outplayed 11-5 in the second half by Sindhu, who claimed 10 of the game’s final 11 points with ease.

With her backhand and cross court returns, Sindhu gained a lot of points against her opponent.

Before going long after the break, Yamaguchi battled her way to 11-13 before Sindhu was called for a service fault. At 16-16, the Japanese staged a remarkable comeback.

The Japanese scored two game points with a quick smash and a precise return on the line. When the match went to a decider, Sindhu saved two but faltered on her serve and then threw the shuttle long.

Sindhu had a six-point lead in the third game going into the mid-game intervals. Yamaguchi’s strokeplay was hampered by what appeared to be back problems.

You can watch the match highlights below.

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