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PV Sindhu advances but others fail in the Korean Open

Pavan Suresh

PV Sindhu continued her brilliant form by reaching the quarter finals of Korean Open Super Series played at Seoul today. The Rio Olympics and World Championship silver medallist outplayed Thailand’s Jindapol in straight games 22-20, 21-17.

In men’s section Sameer Verma defeated Wong K of Hong Kong by 21-19, 21-13. P Kashyap lost to Son Won Ho in three games 16-21,21-17 and 16-21 to be knocked out of the tournament.

PV Sindhu took on Thailand’s Jindapol in today’s first match. It was a good match as Sindhu started the match on a good note taking a 2-0 lead. Both players fought for each point and Jindapol had a slender lead of 11-10 at the interval.

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After the interval, Jindapol took 2 more points to lead 13-10 before Sindhu made a comeback to reduce the gap to 13-14 in favour of the Thai player.

Sindhu had great fighting spirit and had a lead of 20-16 before Jindapol took four points in succession to level the score at 20-20. Sindhu held her nerves and won the first game 22-20.

In the second game, Sindhu started on a positive note taking an early 3-1 lead. Both players again fought for each point. The World Championship silver medallist took a 11-9 lead at the interval.

After the interval, Sindhu dominated Jindapol and never allowed the Thai player to make a comeback into the match. Sindhu won the game 21-13. She will face Mitani in the quarter who defeated top seed Tai Tzu Ying in three games.

Sameer Verma progessed into the quarter finals with a comfortable win over Wong K of Hong Kong. The first game was a tough fight as young Sameer Verma played with positive intent and won the first set 21-19.

In the second game, Sameer Verma dominated Wong K with great shots and not allowing his opponent to comeback into the match, winning the game 21-13. Sameer Verma will face Son Wo Ho in the quarter finals.

P Kashayp fought hard against Son Wo Ho but the number 1 ranked showed his experience.

In the first game, the Korean player showed aggressive approach and won the first game 21-16. P Kashayp made a good comeback in the second game to win it by 21-17 to force the match into a decider.

In the final game, Son Wo Ho again showed his class and knocked Kashyap out.

Sai Pranneth is yet to play his match as of now.


PV Sindhu defeated Jindapol- 22-20, 21-17

Sameer Verma defeated Wong K- 21-19,21-13

P Kashyap lost to Son Wo Ho- 16-21,21-17,16-21.

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