China Open: Sindhu enters semis

P. V. Sindhu won 22-20 21-10 against He Bingjiao, who has won four titles — Bitburger Open, French Open, Japan Open and Swiss Open — this season.

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P. V. Sindhu defeated China's He Bingjiao in 40 minutes.   -  AFP

P. V. Sindhu advanced to the semifinals of the China Open after defeating local favourite He Bingjiao in straight games at the Super Series Premier event here today.

The Olympic silver medallist won 22-20 21-10 against Bingjiao, who has won four titles — Bitburger Open, French Open, Japan Open and Swiss Open — this season. She will next play Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi or sixth seed Sung Ji Hyun.

In men's singles, Ajay Jayaram could not get past the reigning Olympic champion Chen Long of China. He lost 15-21 14-21 in a 40-minute clash.

Sindhu lagged at the start, Bingjiao leading 5-1. She then lead at 7-6, 12-11 and 14-12 before the Chinese won five straight points to lead 17-14.

But Sindhu fought back square the scores at 17. Both rallied till 20-20, before Sindhu won the 21-minute opening game when Bingjiao sent the shuttle wide.

The left-handed Chinese opened a 2-0 lead in the second game but Sindhu levelled, riding on Bingjiao's errors.

The Indian tossed and lofted to push her rival to the corners and smashed well to enter the break at 11-5.

A tired Bingjiao couldn't stop Sindhu march to 14-5. Bingjiao then grabbed the next three points before her netting a backhand slice. She managed to score another point but a slew of errors cost her the match.