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Australian Open: Priyanshu, Prannoy enter Semis; Sindhu, Srikanth ousted

Australian Open: Priyanshu Rajawat beats Kidambi Srikanth to enter the semi-finals of Australian Open

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India's young shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat stormed into the semifinals of the Australian Open badminton tournament here with upset straight games win against compatriot and former World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth on Friday, 4 August.

India's top men's singles player H.S Prannoy also caused an upset, beating the top-seeded Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in three games to storm into the semifinal where he will run into his compatriot, Priyanshu Rajawat. Prannoy defeated Anthony Ginting 16-21, 21-17, 21-14 in 73 minutes. 

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Rajawat, the Orleans Masters 2023 champion, cruised through to his first semifinal in a BWF World Tour Super 500 event this year as he got the better of compatriot Srikanth 21-13, 21-8 in men’s singles quarterfinals.

The world no. 31 Indian will face the winner between another compatriot HS Prannoy and Indonesia’s top-seeded Anthony Ginting here on Saturday.

While Priyanshu and Prannoy kept the Indian flag flying in this BWF World Tour event with a total prize fund of US dollar 420,000, compatriot and two-time Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu crashed out of the event, losing to Malaysia's fourth-seeded Beiwen Zhang in straight games.

Sindhu lost the quarterfinal encounter 12-21, 17-21 to the Malaysian shuttler. The 28-year-old Indian conceded an early 5-10 lead in the first game and could not recover. The Malaysian player maintained her upper hand in the second game and capitalised on her chances to win the match.

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Prannoy Victorious in Anthony Ginting Challenge

Prannoy conceded an early lead in the first game when Ginting won four points in a row to lead 5-1. He maintained his advantage to win the first game 21-16. 

The two players went neck-and-neck in the second game as the lead changed hands more than once till 9-9 before Prannoy won five points in a row to open up a 14-9 lead. He extended the lead to 18-12 and went on to win the second game and levelled the game score 1-1.

Prannoy started the decider on a strong note and took a 4-0 lead before Anthony Ginting reduced it to 4-3 and levelled scores at 5-5. Prannoy surged to an 8-5 lead and though his Indonesian opponent brought the score down to 8-7, the Indian World No.9 won five consecutive points to go 13-7 up. 

Ginting was not done yet and again fought back to 15-13 but Prannoy could not be thwarted and went on to win the game and match at 21-14.

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Topics:  PV Sindhu   Kidambi Srikanth   HS Prannoy 

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