Indian commuters endured a heartbreaking day at Singapore Open 2022 as only PV Sindhu managed to advance to the semi-finals of the event. On the other hand, Saina Nehwal lost in the quarters in three matches against Aya Ohori of Japan, as did men’s singles player HS Prannoy.
Meanwhile, Sindhu came from behind to beat China’s Han Yue in the quarter-finals. The Indian won 17-21, 21-11, 21-19 to set up a semi-final clash against Japan’s Saena Kawakami, who beat Thailandis Pornpawee Chochuwong. Sindhu had a slow start to the match as she trailed in the opener 11-14. In the second game, the momentum changed and Sindhu was on the offensive. At 14-11, Sindhu then took the next seven points to pocket the game.
In the decision, Han Yue, who ousted Ashmita Chaliha in the second round, took a 14-9 lead. But the Indian returned to the match to qualify for the semi-finals. But it was a heartbreak for former world number 1 Nehwal, who almost qualified for the semi-finals, in the match against Japan’s Aya Ohori. In the deciding match, Nehwal failed to capitalize on both match points and lost 13-21, 21-15, 20-22 in a close game.
In singles gentlemen, HS Prannoy won the first match against Japan’s Kodai Naraoka but eventually lost 21-12, 14-21, 18-21. The men’s duo of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila fought off Indonesian second seeds Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 21-10, 18-21, 17-21.
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