ALL ENGLAND QF - A close shave for Sindhu

PV Sindhu advanced to quarterfinals after defeating Nitchaon Jindapol on Thursday

While the first game was a see-saw battle, with both not letting each other take long run of points, the second and third game saw fourth-seeded Sindhu recover from hard situations. But the second and third game saw Sindhu make comebacks to win her the match and advance. Despite losing the opening game, she remained unfazed by the Sindhu attack and eventually exhausted out the lanky Indian with long rallies in typical Okuhara style.

After comfortably winning the first set, Prannoy failed to capitalize on the same and slumped to a 22-20, 16-21, 21-23 defeat at the hands of China's Yuxiang Huang to knock out of the tournament. "It feels really great to be in the semi-final". The Indian leads 19-17 now. Okuhara erred with her net strokes twice and then sent one out as Sindhu enjoyed a three point lead for the first time at 14-11, which she extended to 16-13. Saina had lost the final three years ago to Spain's Carolina Marin in three games.

4 straight points for Yamaguchi, she is back in the match. Sindhu leads 8-6. In the men's singles action, Chinese Shi Yuqi stunned Rio Games champion and compatriot Chen Long 21-10, 21-17 in 39 minutes. She recovered exceptionally well to close out the game by 21-18. Doubles: Misaki Matsutomo & Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Ashwini Ponnappa & Sikki Reddy 21-14, 21-13; Shiho Tanka & Koharu Yonemoto (Jpn) bt J. Meghna & Poorvisha Ram 21-14, 21-11. Well, there were too many service faults in the opening game.

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"Sindhu is a very tall player; so she is very strong in attacking".

With an animated Indian coach P Gopichand constantly passing on advices from the sidelines, Sindhu produced a precise return to get another point but Jindapol clawed back at 9-9 after wrong footing the Indian. Sindhu leads 10-5. Sindhu then pounced on a chance at the net to grab lead and then gained the match point when the Thai went to net. "In the first game, I was leading 20-19 and I hit at the net".

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