Indonesia Masters: Saina in semis, Sindhu, Srikanth lose

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JAKARTA, January 25: Saina Nehwal hardly broke a sweat on way to her second consecutive semifinals of the season but PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth lost their respective quarterfinals to bow out of the Indonesia Masters badminton tournament here on Friday.
Eighth seed Saina, who had reached the semi-final last week at Malaysia Masters, beat Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-7, 21-18 to make it to the last four of women’s singles.
The two-time Commonwealth Games champion will next face sixth seeded Chinese He Bingjiao, a player Saina has never faced in her career.
Sindhu couldn’t adjust to the speed and precision of three-time World champion Carolina Marin, going down 11-21, 12-21 in a lopsided contest.
Srikanth had to settle for a second quarter-final finish after losing 18-21, 19-21 to local hero and Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie.
Saina enjoyed a good start and galloped to a 11-4 lead at the interval. The Indian continued to dominate proceeding after the interval, moving in quick bursts of points to close out the opening game comfortably.
In the second game, Chochuwong ran to 8-4 lead, but Saina caught up with her at 12-12 before going ahead and shutting the door on her opponent.
In 12 meetings, Sindhu has lagged 5-7 against Marin in their head-to-head count, which included defeats at the Rio Olympic and 2018 World championship finals. (PTI)