- Sindhu beat Okuhara 20-22, 21-18, 21-18
- Prannoy won 21-10, 21-19
- He is in the quarter-finals
- Saina and Srikanth have already exited the tournament
With top Indian players, Kidambi Srikant and Saina Nehwal have already exited the tournament, the onus on HS Prannoy and PV Sindhu has increased ever so much to keep the Indian flag flying high at the All England Championship. After Sindhu earlier overcame Jindapol 21-13, 13-21, 21-18 in the quarter-final, the Indian marched her way into the semi-finals after a thrilling contest that stretched over three tight sets, sapping the energy of both the players. The TOISA 2018 badminton player of the year defeated Okuhara 20-22, 21-18, 21-18 in the pulsating clash that lasted one hour and 24 minutes. In a re-match of the epic Glasgow World Championship final, Sindhu came back from behind to defeat the seventh-seeded player in a match that was a treat to badminton’s connoisseurs.
Despite leading 20-19 in the first set, nerves got the best of Sindhu after she committed an unforced error to hit the net. Letting go of her advantage to seal the set, she ended up letting the set slip away from her altogether to lose 20-22. However, she proved her mettle as she came back even stronger in the next two sets. Given tough competition by the Japanese, she stuck through the courtesy of some resilient badminton. Shots all over the court saw her ultimately get the best of her opponent and level the tie 1-1 as she went onto win the second set by 21-18. The third set was more of the same as two evenly matched opponents brought the best out of each other. It was Sindhu though who had the last laugh on the day after she won the third set with a similar score-line to book her spot into the semi-finals.
“I have lost matches where I am leading. I know physically and mentally at times when you lose such matches it hits you, but we have to come back stronger to ensure that it doesn’t happen again,” Sindhu said after defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara to enter the semi-finals of the All England Championship.