Singapore, Apr 14: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu suffered a crushing quarterfinal loss to arch-rival Carolina Marin. However, B Sai Praneeth and K Srikanth advanced to the semifinals of the $350,000 Singapore Open Super Series here on Friday.
Sindhu, who had reached a career-best World No.2 after winning the India Open by beating Olympic champion Marin in New Delhi, went down 11-21 15-21 in a one-sided match. Sindhu was completely outwitted by arch-rival Marin, who showed tremendous agility and pounced on every opportunity to emerge victorious.
B Sai Praneeth, however, came from one game down to eke out a 15-21, 21-14, 21-19 win over 8th seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in a match that lasted an hour and 11 minutes. The Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold runner-up will face Korea’s Lee Dong Keun in the semifinal.
Former world number 3, Kidambi Srikanth also advanced to the
In the mixed doubles competition, B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 11-21 8-21 to the third-seeded Chinese duo of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong.