Srikanth in semis; Saina, Sindhu out

Kidambi Srikanth eased into his third consecutive final as he beat world No.4 Shi Yuqi in straight sets to reach the final of the Australian Open Super Series on Saturday.

Earlier, in a match between two friends, it was Praneeth who took early lead, moving to a 4-1 advantage and despite Srikanth grabbing a slender 11-10 lead at the break, the Thailand Open champion once again moved to a 16-13 lead.

Meanwhile, Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu and ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal will also look to storm into the last-eight when they play their respective women's singles second rounds later today.

Moving all across the court, Srikanth's tactics in the first game were similar to his countryman HS Prannoy's tactics against Chen Long, another Chinese player, at the Indonesia Open.

Meanwhile, Indian star P. V. Sindhu was knocked out of the tournament following a tough quarterfinal battle with world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. This is Sun's first victory over Saina in Australia in four career showdowns and her second win over the Indian overall.

In the second game, Srikanth maintained a strong lead making it 9-6 before Praneeth managed three points in a row to equalise at 9-9.

World No.11 Srikanth had beaten Shi Yuqi, victor of the 2016 French Super Series, at the Singapore Open this year. You just have to be patient.

Sun Yu dominated the opening game taking a 8-4 lead before extending it further to 11-9 at the break.

Srikanth had registered a straight game 21-14, 21-16 en route to the final of the tournament. His previous best was a semi-final appearance in 2016.

She then went on a run of her own, playing some stupendous badminton as Sindhu was left with no answer, ultimately wrapping up the 10-21, 22-20, 21-16 win in exactly an hour.

  • Stacy Allen