National Badminton Championship :  PV Sindhu enters semis

PV Sindhu sailed into the last four stage, while Nagpur’s Vaishnavi Bhale and Ashmita Chaliha of Assam showed superb resilience to book their maiden semifinals at the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championship on Thursday.

Sindhu beats Riya Mookerjee 21-16 21-7 in 28 minutes to progress to the semifinals. The top seed from Hyderabad, a former champion, had opened her campaign with a 21-11 21-13 win over Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod in the morning.

Vaishnavi, who had won the All India ranking tournament 2015 and finished runners-up at 2016, dug deep to eke out a hard-fought 19-21 22-20
21-11 win over third seed Shriyanshi Pardeshi.

The maximum cheer was reserved for local sensation Ashmita, who kept her cool in two successive thrillers to set up a semifinal clash against Sindhu. The 19-year-old left-handed sensation from Assam, who claimed her first two senior international titles at the Dubai International Challenge and Tata Open International Challenge last year, showed great rearguard action to secure a 16-21 21-17 21-19 win over Aakarshi Kashyap in thequarters.

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