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Sports Shorts: Sindhu progresses to Thailand Open semifinals

July 13, 2018 17:44 IST

India’s P V Sindhu

IMAGE: India’s P V Sindhu. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu progressed to the women's singles semi-finals after knocking out Malaysia's Soniia Cheah in straight games at the US$350,000 Thailand Open World Tour Super 500 tournament in Bangkok on Friday.

The second seeded Indian continued her consistent performance with a 21-17, 21-13 win over world no 35 Soniia in a 36-minute clash.

The World No 3 Indian will next face Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.


The drift in the hall created troubles for both the shuttlers who struggled with the length of their strokes. Sindhu was erratic initially and the result was Soniia led 11-7 at the first interval.

After the break, Sindhu started dominating the proceedings and reeled off five points to lead 13-12.

The Indian started putting pressure on the Malaysian with her attacking game and grabbed four game points when Soniia hit long. The Malaysian saved one game point before Sindhu sealed the first game with a smash.

After the change of sides, Sindhu moved to a 6-3 lead but Soniia came back to level at 8-8 after the Indian committed a few unforced errors.

Sindhu managed to grab a 11-9 lead at the interval before taking nine straight points to zoom to surge ahead. Soniia managed to stay alive by saving three match points before Sindhu sealed the issue with a stunning smash.

Two medals assured for India at Gold Gloves boxing

Akash Kumar (56kg) and Lalita (69kg) assured India of two medals at the 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina youth boxing tournament after advancing to the semifinals of the event in Serbia.

Akash advanced to the last-four stage with a 4-1 triumph over Montenegero's Edin Alkovic, while Lalita made it after a 5-0 win against Russia's Viktoriia Bireva in her semifinal contest.

Losing in the women's quarter-finals was Jony (60kg), who was beaten by Germany's Stefanie Berge.

In the men's 69kg category, Vijaydeep defeated Marius Citu of Romania 5-0 to enter the quarterfinals. Ankit (60kg) made the quarters with a 5-0 win over Kazakhstan's Bek Spandiyar.

Also advancing was Nitin Kumar (75kg) with a 4-1 win over Romania's Simon Florin.

In the women's draw, Anamika (51kg) defeated Hungary's Hanna Lakotar to make the last-eight stage.

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