PV Sindhu enters Korea Open Superseries semifinals with 3-game win over Minatsu Mitani
India’s World No.5 stamps authority in deciding game to beat Japan’s Mitani in quarterfinals; Sameer goes down fighting to top seed Wan
Seoul: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu progressed to the semifinals of women’s singles but it was curtains for Sameer Verma in the men’s singles event at the $600,000 Korea Open Superseries here on Friday.
Sindhu, who had won the silver at the World Championships last month, recovered from a mid-game slump to stave off the challenge from world No. 19 Minatsu Mitani of Japan 21-19 16-21 21-10 in a match that lasted 63 minutes.
The fifth seeded Indian, who had a 1-1 head-to-head record against the Japanese, will next face He Bingjiao, seeded sixth at the SK Handball Stadium here.
Sindhu eked out a 6-2 lead early on in the opening game but Mitani managed to claw back and turn the tables around, reaching 11-9 at the break. After a close battle till 16-16, Sindhu jumped to 19-16.
Mitani then erased the deficit but Sindhu ensured she had the bragging rights after the first game as she sealed it quickly.
In the second game, Mitani opened up a 8-4 lead but Sindhu surpassed her soon and was leading 12-9. But the Japanese once again clawed back at 13-13 and then moved away from the Indian to roar back into the contest.
In the decider, Sindhu showed her class as she didn’t give any chance to Mitani to make any recovery after zooming to a 9-2 lead. She was 11-6 at the break, which she extended to 19-9 after the interval, before slamming the door on the Japanese.
Sameer was facing the top seed Son Wan Ho, whom he had defeated a little more than five months ago in the opening round at India Superseries in March. But since then, the Korean has climbed to the top of world ranking.
Sameer once again tried to get across the Korean but gritty Wan beat the Indian 20-22 21-10 21-13 in an hour and nine minute duel. The Korean went down 20-22 in a seesawing first game before regaining his nerve to level the match after clinching the second game 21-10.
Son’s trademark attritional style of play appeared to wear down his younger opponent, with the top seed taking the third game to advance to his third Superseries semifinal of the year.
PV Sindhu will face China’s He Bingjiao in the semifinals