Swiss Open: PV Sindhu beat fourth seeded Blichfeldt 22-20, 21-10 in 43 minutes© AFP
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu dished out a superlative performance to outclass Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in straight games and enter the women’s singles final, while Kidambi Srikanth bowed out after losing to world number two Viktor Axelsen in the last four of the Swiss Open Super 300 tournament in Basel, Switzerland on Saturday. Sindhu, the reigning world champion, beat fourth seeded Blichfeldt 22-20, 21-10 in 43 minutes to avenge her first-round loss to the Danish world no. 12 at the Yonex Thailand Open in January. This is Sindhu’s first final appearance since the World championships in 2019.
Srikanth bowed out of the tournament after suffering a straight-games defeat against Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the men’s singles semi-finals. Srikanth looked out of touch in the opening round but gave Axelsen a tough fight in the second game to take the game deep. In the end, his Danish opponent proved too much for the Indian shuttler and came up triumph clinching the match 21-13, 21-19 in just 41 minutes.
World no. 10 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also entered the semifinals of the super 300 event, continuing their good run following a last four finish at Toyota Thailand Open in January.
Second-seeded Satwik and Chirag saw off fifth seeds Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 12-21, 21-19, 21-12 in the men’s doubles competition on Friday night. Satwik and Chirag will face sixth seeded Danish pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
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