French Open: Kidambi Srikanth beats Shi Yuqi in pulsating quarterfinal to set up semis with HS Prannoy

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 28 October 2017, 09:45 AM
Kidambi Shrikanth - File Photo
Kidambi Shrikanth - File Photo

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth made a dramatic comeback to beat China's Shi Yuqi in a pulsating quarterfinal match to set up an all-Indian men’s singles semi-final with HS Prannoy in the USD 325,000 French Open Superseries on Friday.

Prannoy took just 47 minutes in getting past South Korea’s Jeon Hyeok Jin 21-16, 21-16 while Srikanth made a resounding comeback from a game down to beat Chinese No. 4 seed, Shi Yuqi 8-21, 21-19, 21-9 in a match that lasted exactly an hour.

Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu overpowered Chinese rising star Chen Yufei in straight games 21-14, 21-14 in a match that lasted for 42 minutes. This is Sindhu’s maiden last-four appearance in the tournament.

In the men’s singles match, Prannoy hardly lost any sweat in the first game and held a comfortable lead throughout. In the second game, Hyeok Jin upped his game and caused the Indian some problems. However, Prannoy was quick to overcome the difficult period and clinch the tie without any hiccups.

First Published: Saturday, October 28, 2017 09:33 AM
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