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Badminton: Sindhu, Srikanth advance to semis of Indonesia Masters

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Bali, Nov 19 (IANS) Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and former world No 1 Kidambi Srikanth stormed into the semi-final of the 2021 Indonesia Masters badminton tournament after winning their respective singles matches, here on Friday.

Reigning world champion Sindhu outclassed Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit 21-13, 21-10 in a 35-minute encounter in the last eight.

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The 26-year-old will now take on top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the semi-final.

This is Sindhu’s second-consecutive semi-final appearance on the BWF World Tour after the French Open last month. She had lost to Sayaka Takahashi of Japan on that occasion.

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Meanwhile, Srikanth emerged on top in an all-Indian clash as he beat 2014 Indonesia Masters champion HS Prannoy 21-7, 21-18 in 38 minutes. Prannoy had caused a major upset in the previous round, having beaten Tokyo 2020 gold-medallist Viktor Axelsen from a game down.

Srikanth will now face the winner of the match between Thai youngster Kunlavut Vitidsarn and reigning World Tour Finals champion Anders Antonsen of Denmark in the semi-finals.

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This is also Srikanth’s second semi-final appearance in a row on the BWF World Tour after the Hylo Open in Germany, where he fell to Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia.

–IANS

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