Singapore Open 2022: PV Sindhu brushes aside Saena Kawakami challenge, storms into the final

Singapore Open 2022: PV Sindhu brushes aside Saena Kawakami challenge, storms into the final

The
two-time
Olympic
medallist
took
just
32
minutes
to
brush
aside
the
challenge
of
the
Japanese
opponent
as
Sindhu
won
21-15,
21-7.

Sindhu
had
booked
her
semifinal
berth
following
a
hard
fought
quarterfinal
match
against
Han
Yue
of
China
on
court
1.

Singapore Open 2022: PV Sindhu storms into semifinals; Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crash outSingapore
Open
2022:
PV
Sindhu
storms
into
semifinals;
Saina
Nehwal
and
HS
Prannoy
crash
out

The
Indian
ace
had
come
from
a
game
down
to
defeat
the
Chinese
shuttler
17-21,
21-11,
21-19,
in
the
last-eight
match
that
lasted
1hr
and
2min.

But
in
the
semifinals,
the
Hyderabad
shuttler,
who
is
seeded
third
in
the
Badminton
World
Federation
(BWF)
sanctioned
tournament,
had
it
relatively
easy
as
she
pummeled
her
opponent,
who
is
currently
ranked
38,
into
submission.

Unseeded
Kawakami
had
reached
the
semifinals
after
a
straight
games
(21-17,
21-19)
victory
over
sixth-seeded
Pornpawee
Chochuwong
of
Thailand.

But
Sindhu
proved
too
good
for
her.

With
the
win,
Sindhu
maintained
her
clean
slate
over
Kawakami
as
the
head-to-head
record
now
stands
3-0.

Sindhu
and
Kawakami
had
met
two
times
so
far
with
the
former
world
champion
from
India
winning
on
both
the
occasions
in
straight
games

first
at
India
Open
2017
and
then
at
China
Open
2018.

In
India
Open,
Sindhu
defeated
Kawakami
21-16,
23-21
in
the
second
round,
while
the
ace
Indian
shuttler
got
the
better
of
the
Japanese
21-15,
21-13
in
their
most
recent
meeting
in
the
opening
round
of
2018
China
Open.

The
plot
was
no
different
on
Saturday
(July
16)
at
the
Singapore
Indoor
Stadium
in
Kallang
with
Sindhu
dominating
from
the
word
go.

The
two-time
Commonwealth
Games
medallist,
will
now
lead
the
Indian
charge
at
the
quadrennial
event
in
Birmingham
starting
on
July
28.

For
the
records,
Sindhu
is
the
only
Indian
left
in
the
fray
in
the
BWF-sanctioned
Super
Series
500
event.

PV Sindhu

PV
Sindhu
continued
her
good
run
against
Saena
Kawakami.

Her
compatriot
Saina
Nehwal
had
lost
in
the
quarterfinals,
despite
having
two
match
points.

The
32-year-old
went
down
13-21,
21-15,
20-22
to
Japan’s
Aya
Ohori
in
a
tight
contest,
which
lasted
an
hour
and
three
minutes.

Earlier,
in
the
men’s
singles
quarterfinals,
HS
Prannoy
gave
a
tough
fight
to
Japan’s
Kodai
Naraoka
before
going
down
21-12,
14-21,
18-21.

The
doubles
pair
of
Dhruv
Kapila
and
MR
Arjun
too
had
bite
the
dust
in
the
quarterfinals,
going
down
to
Indonesia’s
Mohammad
Ahsan
and
Hendra
Setiawan
21-10,
18-21,
17-21
in
a
49-minute
encounter.

Sindhu
started
with
her
whipping
smashes
and
sealed
the
opening
game
comfortably.
Kawakami’s
struggles
continued
in
the
second
game
as
she
failed
to
control
the
shuttle
and
conceded
a
0-5
early
lead
to
her
fancied
rival.

Sindhu
just
had
to
keep
engaging
her
rival
in
the
rallies
and
patiently
wait
for
her
mistakes.

The
former
world
No.1
had
no
answer
to
Sindhu’s
attacking
forehand
returns
and
deft
backhand
flicks
which
opened
up
a
decisive
19-6
lead
for
the
latter.

Sindhu
sent
one
long
but
next
unleashed
a
whipping
smash
from
the
baseline
which
her
opponent
could
only
sent
to
the
net.
When
Kawakami’s
return
finally
went
out
again,
Sindhu
pumped
her
fist
as
she
is
now
just
one
win
away
from
her
maiden
Super
Series
500
event
of
the
season.

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