Denmark Open: Srikanth in semis; Saina, Prannoy out

Annette Crawford
October 21, 2017

In women's singles, Saina clearly looked exhausted and sluggish, and her movement was not up to the mark and she committed too many errors to allow Yamaguchi open up a 11-6 lead. Saina, who knocked out Olympic champion Carolina Marin 22-20 21-18 on Thursday, failed to continue her good form and looked off-colour throughout the match.

Saina didn't shy to acknowledge the improvement she has seen in competitors in recent past, adding that she still has long way to go.

In the World Championship earlier this year, Saina had settled for a bronze after losing in the semifinals to Nozomi Okuhara.

Earlier, Saina lost her last-eight match in straight games to the defending champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, while Prannoy lost to top seed Son Wan-Ho of South Korea. Saina could muster to save one match-point before losing the game 13-21.

Live scores can be followed on BWF's official website.

Just four months back, Prannoy had created a flutter when he dispatched Chong Wei in straight games in the Indonesia Super Series Premier and the unseeded Indian dished out another superb performance yesterday to oust the former World No. 1 Malaysian 21-17 11-21 21-19 in a match that lasted an hour and three minutes here.

Now, all the eyes will be on India's top men's singles player world number 8 Kidambi Srikanth, who will face world No. 1 and local favourite Victor Axelsen later in the day, while HS Prannoy will lock horns with world No. 2 and first seed Son Wan Ho of Korea.

HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth will play their men's singles quarterfinals later. After the break, Yamaguchi stayed a step ahead of the Indian and continued to accumulate points with her better court coverage and stroke play and seal it without much ado in the end.

Saina, who had lost to Yamaguchi at the Malaysia Open this year, clearly looked exhausted and sluggish. Finally a smash from Srikanth gave him the match point and he wrapped it up when Jeon hit the net.

Srikanth has not won a single match against the in-form Danish shuttler since 2015.

This is his third win over Axelsen, and first in two years.

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