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Ace Indian Badminton star PV Sindhu advanced to the semi-finals of Singapore Open 2019 on Friday after winning a close match in the quarter finals against BWF World Junior Championship bronze medallist Cai Yanyan. Sindhu sealed the match with a clinical win of 21-13 17-21 21-14 in women’s singles. Where it was all smiles for Sindhu, other Indian colleague Saina Nehwal lost the quarter final against second-seeded Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina could not make it against the Japanese as she thrashed by 21-8 21-13 in women’s singles.

Earlier in the game, the 23-year-old Sindhu defeated the World No. 22 Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark with 21-13, 21-19 in straight sets on Thursday while on the other hand it was not that easy for Saina again as she narrowly won the sets with the margin of 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 against Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.

Though, Saina had defeated the Japanese star three times in the past but this time she fell apart against her. In the first game Okuhara took the unstoppable lead of 9-0 which became difficult for Saina to break. After finishing the first set, Saina tried hard to put the Japanese into corner and also took the lead of 4-0 in the second game but Okuhara roared back at 6-6 and then turned the tables before reaching 11-8 in the match.

On the contrary it was second semi-final of the season for Sindhu, following a last-four finish at the India Open earlier in March 2019. At the time of second game, Indian filled the gap before Cai took the lead to deciding point of the match. Rio Games silver medallist will next lock horns with former world champion Nozomi Okuhara