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PV Sindhu pips top seed Han Yue in quarterfinals to advance to Malaysia Masters semifinals

PV Sindhu had defeated Kirsty Gilmour in her round of 32 clash and then beat YJ Sim of South Korea in the round of 16 fixture to book a clash with Han Yue in the quarterfinals. Sindhu is India's top-ranked female shuttler.

Written By: Kumar Rupesh @afiestysoul New Delhi Updated on: May 24, 2024 12:17 IST
PV Sindhu.
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES PV Sindhu.

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu pipped Han Yue of China 21-13 14-21 21-12 in the quarterfinals of the ongoing Malaysia Masters on Friday (May 24) to book a berth in the semifinals. The highest-ranked Indian female shuttler took 55 minutes to overcome a stern challenge presented by the tournament's top seed.

Sindhu's triumph is set to boost her self-belief to a major extent as she has been struggling to keep her winning momentum going. Her match against Han Yue was the second meeting between the two shuttlers in a span of little over a month.

It was Yue who had ended Sindhu's run at the Asian Badminton Championships in Ningbo, China on April 11 in a three-game thriller 18-21, 21-13, 17-21.

Notably, the Rio Olympics silver medallist has been battling poor form for a very long time and it has seen her drop out of the top-10 ranked female shuttlers in the world. 

Sindhu is currently ranked 15th and is desperately trying to regain her self-confidence in a bid to give her the best possible chance of contesting for the gold medal at the forthcoming Paris Olympics.

Sindhu started the clash on a dominating note and gained a six-point lead at the mid-game interval during the first game. She wrapped up the first game 21-13 to leave the Chinese shuttler rattled.

However, the top seed of the competition came back fighting to take the second game 21-14. The second game left Sindhu with a lot of thinking to do and she decided to take her game a notch higher in the decider.

In a display of sheer dominance, Sindhu, 28, raced to an eight-point lead at the mid-game interval and Yue couldn't recover from that. Sindhu will face the winner of the quarterfinal clash between Indonesia's Putri Kusuma Wardani and Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the semis.

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