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PARIS: In-form Kidambi Srikanth kept India’s campaign alive as he defeated compatriot HS Prannoy to enter the final of the men’s singles event at the French Open Super Series on Saturday.
Denmark Open champion came from a game down to beat Prannoy 14-21, 21-19, 21-18 in a tightly-contested three-game contest, which lasted 62 minutes.
Srikanth will face Kenta Nishimoto of Japan, who defeated Denmark’s Anders Antonsen 21-17, 21-15 in the other semi-final, for his fourth Super Series title of the year on Sunday .
But it was curtain down for PV Sindhu, after she had a below-par outing today as Japan’s Akene Yamaguchi beat the World Championship silver medallist 21-14, 21-9 in a thoroughly one-sided semi-final. Yamaguchi will face top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the summit clash.
It took fifth seed Yamaguchi only 37 minutes to blow away the Indian challenge in the last four clash.
While the first game lasted 19 minutes, the second game’s duration was a minute less.
There was a sudden drop of intensity in Sindhu’s performance in the first game at 14-14, when Yamaguchi reeled off seven straight points to wrap it up at 21-14.
Yamaguchi repeatedly attacked Sindhu’s left side as she found it difficult to control.
The Olympic silver medallist was sluggish in her movement as Yamaguchi, with her powerful smashes, did not allow Sindhu to approach the net.
The second game was a one-way traffic as Yamaguchi straightaway went 5-0 up and, at the mini-break, was leading 11-2.
She did win a few points with some deft drop shots, but it was too late in the day, as Yamaguchi won the second game at 21-9 to make it to the summit round.