Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth moved into the last four of the Korea Open Super 500 badminton tournament with their contrasting victories on Friday.
In the women’s singles quarterfinal, PV Sindhu, the third seed and winner of two Olympic medals, played outstanding badminton on the court and defeated her Thai nemesis, Busanan Ongbamrungphan, in a one-sided match by 21-10, 21-16.
With this enormous win, Sindhu’s next opponent will be either Japan’s Saena Kawakami or second-seeded Korean An Seyoung.
Srikanth wins in three sets
In the men’s quarterfinal match, both shuttlers, Kidambi Srikanth and Son Wan Ho, sweated on the court. The match between the two former world number ones was thrilling to watch. The pendulum of the match was swinging from one side to another.
Srikanth kept his nerve at the crucial juncture and outsmarted his South Korean opponent in the end. The crowd was behind the local chap, Son Wan Ho. Despite this, Srikanth won the match in the hard fought battle in three games, 21-12, 18-21, and 21-12. The match lasted just over an hour.
Srikanth showed immaculate control and his domination in the short rallies kept his opponent under pressure. After losing the first game, the home boy turned the tables in the second game and snatched the second set.
In the decider, Srikanth started with a bang and took a 4-0 lead, continued his tremendous form and bagged the last game, 21-12.
It was revenge for the Indian badminton star against the Korean, having lost to him in the last three encounters. Head to head, Srikanth had a 4-7 record against his Korean opponent.
The Indian shuttler, the fifth seed, played both offensive and defensive games throughout the match sensibly and in the end defeated his opponent, who had returned to international badminton after a two-year hiatus.Srikanth’s next opponent would be either Thailand’s eighth seed, Kunlavut Vitidsarn, or the third seed, Jonatan Christie of Indonesia.
Cakewalk for Sindhu
In the women’s singles, Sindhu settled the score without any hue and cry, outwitting Busanan quite easily. She had beaten her in the Swiss Open final last month as well.
Sindhu dominated the entire court and maintained complete control of the match, never allowing her Thai opponent to recover.
The semifinal match is going to be another test of both the Indian shuttlers. They are playing up to the mark. If they play like a quarterfinal, then their victory is written on the wall.