HYDERABAD: PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma crashed out while Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa extender their brilliant run in the Thailand Open with another hard fought victory against Olympic silver medalists Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia 18-21, 24-22, 22-20 to reach the semifinals of the BWF Super-1000 event in Thailand on Friday.
Sindhu was far from her best as she struggled throughout the quarterfinal against Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, before losing 13-21, 9-21.
After beating two lower-ranked opponents in the first two rounds, Sindhu faced former world champion Intanon in the quarterfinals. The Indian looked out of touch as she struggled to match the pace of Intanon. The Thai toyed with Sindhu in both the games. From 13-13 in the first game, Intanon scored eight straight points to win the game.
In the second game too, Intanon took an early lead of 8-1 and hardly gave any room for Sindhu to make a comeback.
Sameer, meanwhile, failed to capitalise on the match point as he went down fighting against third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark.
Leading 20-19, Sameer failed to close the match as Antonsen won three straight points to win the match 21-13, 19-21, 22-20. Disappointed with his loss Sameer said, “In the first game I wasn’t feeling that confident. I thought I played really well in the second and third game and I tried my best. I was leading in the final game and got to match point, but I couldn’t capitalise. I think Antonsen has been playing very well, like today. I really tried my best.”
Earlier, Satwik and Ashwini kept their nerves to beat Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.
Ashwini complimented Satwik for the victory. “In the third game, I feel like Satwik held his nerves. Mine were all over the place. But he took charge and dealt with the situation way better. I was a little too excited, a little bit eager, so I ended up making a lot of easy mistakes. But the good thing was he held his ground and that was the biggest factor for the match in terms of our partnership. He played really well and when he was needed he was a star,” Aswhini told the BWF website.
Satwik said they relied mainly on attacking the opponents. “We played really well in the end. We were confident. We knew our main strength would be our attack. They were under pressure. We kept fighting. We had our chances and never messed up,” Satwik said.
The duo will face top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in the semifinals on Saturday.