HS Prannoy also progressed in the men’s singles semi-finals with a win over Parupalli Kashyap.
Former world champion PV Sindhu sailed into the women’s singles semi-finals at the Swiss Open 2022 with a straight games win over Canada’s Michelle Li in Basel on Friday.
PV Sindhu, the world No. 7, defeated her 12th-ranked opponent 21-10, 21-19 in the quarter-final match which lasted 36 minutes.
PV Sindhu started the match swinging and sealed the first game with ease. Michelle Li put up a much sterner fight in the second game and even took the lead at 18-17. However, PV Sindhu took four of the next five points to win the match and move to the next round.
PV Sindhu will face familiar foe Supanida Katethong from Thailand in the semi-finals. This will be the third time the Indian ace will be up against the world No. 29 Thai shuttler this year.
PV Sindhu, a double Olympic medallist, had lost to Supanida Katethong in the India Open semi-finals but defeated her at the Syed Modi International.
Another Indian Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal had crashed out after losing to world No. 64 Kisona Selvaduray of Malaysia in the second round on Thursday.
In the men’s singles, HS Prannoy, the world No. 26, defeated fellow Indian Parupalli Kashyap 21-16, 21-16 in his quarter-final match. He will be up against third seed Anthony Ginting of Indonesia, who defeated Sameer Verma 21-17, 21-14.
In another quarter-final, Kidambi Srikanth, ranked 12th, eked out a close 22-20, 19-21, 21-19 win against the world No. 3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark. Srikanth, India’s highest-ranked player in men’s singles in the absence of Lakshya Sen, will face world No. 8 Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in the semis.
India’s top women’s doubles pair Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy, meanwhile, lost their quarter-final to Malaysian pair Lim Chiew Sien and Vivian Hoo 22-20, 23-21.
By Ali Asgar Nalwala
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