It was a great day for PV Sindhu who entered the semifinal of the Thailand Open on Friday. The Indian shuttler seeded second in the tournament put up a consistent performance to register 21-17 21-13 victory over world no 35 Soniia in a 36-minute clash. The world no 3 will next face Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.
It was the Soniia shuttler, who had the upper hand in the first game as she raced to 11-7 lead at the first interval. After the break, Sindhu slowly began to claw her way into the match and started to dominate the proceedings picking up five points and take 13-12 lead in the match.
The Indian started to put pressure on her Malaysian opponent and the ploy seemed to work as her attacking game allowed her to grab four game points. The Malaysian saved one game point before Sindhu sealed the first game with a smash.
After the change of sides, Sindhu quickly moved to a 6-3 lead but Soniia leveled the game at 8-8 after Sindhu committed a couple of unforced errors. The Indian then managed to grab a 11-9 lead at the interval before taking nine straight points. Soniia tried to stay alive by saving three match points but her chance to make comeback was ended as Sindhu sealed the issue with a stunning smash.