Malaysia Masters: PV Sindhu beats Han Yue to reach semifinals

PV Sindhu defeated Han Yue 13-21, 21-14, 12-21 in a match that lasted 55 minutes.©AFP

Indian badminton player and two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu advanced to the semifinals of the ongoing Malaysia Masters tournament on Friday. Sindhu faced Chinese badminton player Han Yue, who is ranked sixth in the world, in the quarterfinals. In a match that lasted for 55 minutes, Sindhu defeated her Chinese opponent 13-21, 21-14, 12-21. Sindhu’s next opponent will be either Putri Kusuma Wardhani or Busanan Ongbamrunghwan in the semifinals. In her previous match, Sindhu defeated Shim Yu-jin of South Korea. She won 21-13, 12-21, 21-14. The match lasted for 59 minutes.

In the other match, 24-year-old Ashmita Chaliha, ranked 53rd in the world, lost 21-10, 21-15 to China’s Zhang Yiman in a match that lasted 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, Chaliha beat American Beiwen Zhang 21-19, 16-21, 21-12 in a 43-minute match to book a place in the quarterfinals.

Earlier in the tournament, Indian women’s doubles pair of Simran Singhi and Ritika Thakker lost 21-17, 21-11 in a 37-minute second-round match to Malaysian pair Pearly Tan and Tina Muralitharan.

In the other match before the quarter-finals, Indian women’s doubles pair of Treetha Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand also lost 18-21, 22-20, 14-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Yu Chien Hui and Song Shuo Yun.

The Malaysia Masters will be held from 21-26 May in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 500-level tournament. PV Sindhu has won the women’s singles title at this tournament twice, in 2013 and 2016, while Saina Nehwal won the title in 2017.

HS Prannoy also won the tournament last year, beating China’s Wen Hongyang 21-19, 13-21, 21-18 in the final.

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