Published: Sat, November 25, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sindhu in last eight

Sindhu in last eight

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal had bowed out of the tournament after losing 18-21, 21-19, 21-10 to China's Chen Yufei.

Sindhu looked completely in control against her lower-ranked opponent and had no problems in winning the first game 21-14. Hu saved one before Prannoy sealed it without much ado.

Prannoy turned the tables in the second game only to see Hu Yun race away to a 5-1 lead in the decider.

It would not be an easy target for the Indian shuttler to defeat former world no. 1 Intanon who enjoys an upper hand over Sindhu. Sakai had saved five match points to edge Prannoy in their last encounter at the Indonesia Open.

On Wednesday, world no 2 Sindhu had defeated Hong Kong's Leung Yuet Yee 21-18 21-10 in the opening round of the $400,000 Hong Kong Super Series. Sindhu won her second-round contest against Japan's Aya Ohori.

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The Olympic silver medallist had earlier received a 14-21, 9-21 defeat from the Japanese in the French Open last month.

In contrast to Sindhu, former champion Saina Nehwal laboured to her first round win.

With her stupendous performance, Sindhu defeated her Japanese opponent Akane Yamaguchi 21-12, 21-19 in the quarter finals at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

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Verma lost to Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto 15-21, 8-21 in 30 minutes while Praneeth lost to second seed Son Wan Ho of Japan 8-21, 16-21. Intanon defeated Canada's Michelle Li in the quarterfinals.

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