Macau, Nov 27 (IANS) Defending champion P.V. Sindhu entered the women’s singles semi-finals of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold after a tough three-game battle against China’s Chen Yufei at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion here on Friday.
However, it was the end of the road for Indian shuttlers in men’s singles as both H.S. Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth bowed out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage.
While Indonesian 16th seed Ihsan Maulana Mustofa defeated seventh seed Prannoy 18-21, 21-19, 21-11 in 59 minutes, Malaysian Goh Soon Huat took care of 15th seeded Sai, winning 21-16, 21-23, 21-13 in a marathon match that lasted an hour and 10 minutes.
Fifth seeded Sindhu, on the other hand, earned a 21-13, 18-21, 21-14 win in 54 minutes in her first encounter against the World No. 91.
She will next take on Japanese second seed Akane Yamaguchi for a place in the final for the third consecutive year after winning the title the last two years.
However, the Japanese World No.10 has won the only contest against the Hyderabadi, defeating World No.12 Sindhu two years back at the Japan Open.