PV Sindhu eked out a three-game win over world number 1 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan to make it to the semifinals of the Thailand Open Super 500 tournament.
My goal would be to provide them with opportunities where it is safe enough for them to be fearless cricketers, says Sriharsha
India slumped to 0-2 down when the women's doubles pair of Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi lost 16-21 13-21 against the Thai pair of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.
My goal would be to provide them with opportunities where it is safe enough for them to be fearless cricketers, says Sriharsha.
Leading 14-11 in the second game after having won the first game, Sindhu was handed a point penalty for taking too much time to serve between points.
The 26-year-old started the match on a positive note but couldn't keep the winning momentum going, losing 21-13 19-21 16-21 to the top seed and world No.2 Yamaguchi in the clash.
With this win, Sindhu assured herself of a medal in the continental individual championships, which is making a return after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The world number 7 Indian pairing will face next either fifth-seeded Malaysian Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik or the Singaporean duo of Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Jun Liang Andy Kwek.
The focus will be on PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen when they lead India's challenge at the Badminton Asia Championships.
The third-seeded Indian tried everything at her disposal but couldn't find a way to get past the world number four Korean, going down 14-21 17-21 in 48 minutes.
In the second game, Sindhu took a lead right from the start and took an 8-2 lead. The Indian shuttler maintained the lead against the Thai shuttler Busanan Ongbamrungphan winning the game 21-16.
Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, trounced USA's Lauren Lam 21-15 21-14, while Srikanth saw off Malaysia's Daren Liew 22-20 21-11 at the Palma Stadium.
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In the early hours of a lazy Saturday morning, even as many were still sleeping in, the Sindhu Sadan on Tamil Salai in Egmore was abuzz with music and activity.
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