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Singapore Open Badminton: PV Sindhu Blocks Space in Semis; Saina Crashes Out

Story Highlights
  • Sindhu became the first Indian woman and the second athlete from the country to win two Olympic medals.
  • PV Sindhu outclasses Han Yue.
  • Saina crashes out.

Double Olympic Medallist Sindhu wins in an epic three-game battle at the Singapore Open Super 500 Tournament on Friday. Sindhu outclassed Chinese rival Han Yue in a battle lasting more than an hour to book her place in the semis.

Han took up the shot with a cynical score at the start but the Indian bounced back strongly to win the second and seal the issue 17-21 21-11 21-19 in a contest lasting 62 minutes.

The world No. 7 shuttle champion currently leads 3-0 against the Chinese on head-to-head.

On Thursday, Sindhu became the first and to date only Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics, when she achieved the feat in 2016. With her bronze medal win at the Tokyo Olympics, she became the first Indian woman and the second athlete from the country to win two Olympic medals.

Sindhu will next face unseeded Saena Kawakami, the Japanese world No. 38 who caused an upset by eliminating sixth seeded Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-17 21-19.

Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal competing against Japans Ohori crashed out lossing her chance to secure the spot.

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