Indonesia Open 2019 Quarter Finals Highlights: Sindhu progresses into the semi-final
Indonesia Open 2019 Quarter Finals Highlights: Lone Indian flagbearer left at the Indonesian Open Super Series, PV Sindhu defeated Japanese Nozomi Okuhara by 21-14, 21-7, seeded third, in the women’s singles quarterfinals on Friday. Despite her difficult third win over World No. 13 Mia Blichfeldt in the second round, it turned to be a cakewalk for Sindhu, who is seeded fifth.
Although, Okuhara defeated Sonia Cheah in straight games in her previous round, she fell to her defeat against the 2017 World Championships final opponent.
Sindhu remains the lone Indian surviving in the competition after Kidambi Srikanth was knocked out in straight games by Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus 21-17, 21-19 in 39 minutes. Top seeds Si Wei Zheng and Ya Qiong Huang eliminated Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy 21-14, 21-11 in 33 minutes as India’s mixed doubles campaign came to an end too. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were also knocked out by top seeds Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo.
Sindhu, seeded fifth, had to dig deep into her reservoir of experience as she slugged it out for 62 minutes to beat unseeded Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark 21-14 17-21 21-11 in a second-round encounter. The start was far from impressive for Sindhu as Blichfeldt took a 6-3 lead before the Indian got her act together to draw level. From that point, Sindhu raised her game gradually and relied on her long reach and smashes to pocket the first game 21-14. The second game witnessed a tough fight between the two shuttlers but Blichfeldt made a strong comeback to take a 9-5 and then a 10-7 lead. Sindhu then pocketed three straight points to level the scores at 10-10.
But the Dane meant business as she took full advantage of the Indian's unforced errors to clinch the second game and draw parity in the match. The decider, however, turned out to be a one-sided affair as Sindhu got her composure back and ran away with the game after some initial resistance from Blichfeldt.