Indonesia Open 2021: PV Sindhu fights her away to semis

India's renowned shuttler defeated South Korean shuttler Sim Yujin at the Indonesia Open 2021. That held in Bali on Friday.

Shreyasi Sen
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India's renowned shuttler defeated South Korean shuttler Sim Yujin at the Indonesia Open 2021. That held in Bali on Friday to enter the women's singles semi-finals.


PV Sindhu qualified semis Bing

This will be with the two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu's third successive semi-final appearance after the French Open and Indonesia Masters.

PV Sindhu, however, had to work for her 14-21, 21-19, 21-14 victory against the world No. 54 Sim Yujin – a player ranked 47 places below the Indian shuttler.

The South Korean's creative strokes caught PV Sindhu off guard in the first game as Sim Yujin dominated 21-14 to take a shock lead.

Sindhu's performance

PV Sindhu recovered in the second game and raced to a 14-7 lead but a resilient Yujin almost clawed her way back and ensured a tight finish. PV Sindhu eventually took it 21-19 to level up the score.

The decider saw the two shuttlers go toe-to-toe in the opening exchanges. And the score was tied at 11 apiece just after the midway interval. PV Sindhu, the reigning world champion, however, managed to find an extra gear from there and dominated the rest of the game and settled the match in 66 minutes.

PV Sindhu will go up against Thai ace Ratchanok Intanon, the world No. 8, in the semi-finals of the Super 1000 tournament. Intanon eased past Japan's Asuka Takahashi 21-17, 21-12 in her quarter-final match.

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After a tough opening against Japanese shuttler Aya Ohori in her opening clash, PV Sindhu had dispatched Germany's Yvonne Li in her second-round match. And thus she made it to the quarters.

Indonesia's Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, the top seeds at the event, await them in the final four.

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B Sai Praneeth, though, couldn't ensure a flawless record for Indian shuttlers. Up against Tokyo Olympic champion and second seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the men's singles quarter-finals. The Indian lost 21-12 , 21-8.

The Dane had knocked out Praneeth's compatriot, Kidambi Srikanth, in the round of 16.

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