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Srikanth beats Praneeth to reach Australian Open semis

Srikanth beats Praneeth to reach Australian Open semis

Srikanth beats Praneeth to reach Australian Open semis

Indian stars PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were knocked out of the Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament following defeats to Tai Tzu and Sun Yu respectively in the quarter-finals.

Chen's win came less than 24 hours after he had eliminated compatriot and five-times former world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lin Dan, by 21-16, 12-21, 23-21 in an epic 78-minute tussle that remains the longest singles match of this tournament.

Match was tough for both of them as they know each others game in and out. This is Sun's first victory over Saina in Australia in four career showdowns and her second win over the Indian overall.

In the second set, trailing 6-9, Sai won three points in a row to make it 9-9. The Indian shuttler took just 37 minutes to brush aside his Chinese opponent and storm into the title clash where he will play the victor of the other semi-final between China's Chen Long and South Korea's Lee Hyun Il. You just have to be patient.

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Talking about his fine run of form, the Indian, who entered his third straight Superseries semi-final, said: "It's going great so far, not really thinking too much". Srikanth displayed a variety of strokes as he led 11-7, attacking Shi's backhand, pushing him deep to open up the forehand court.

Shi, who had reached the final at the All England Open earlier this year, struggled, as he netted several crucial shots and missed points via misjudgement, giving a 19-10 lead to Srikanth.

This is world No.1 Ying's seventh win in 10 meetings with Sindhu and the third on the trot.

Tai, however, made a strong comeback in the second game, taking a 4-1 lead, before Sindhu clawed her way back to 8-8.

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