Ratchanok Intanon to play P.V. Sindhu in Hong-Kong semis

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Ratchanok Intanon faces an uphill battle against P.V. Sindhu in Hong-Kong semis. (photo: AP)
Ratchanok Intanon faces an uphill battle against P.V. Sindhu in Hong-Kong semis. (photo: AP)

Hong Kong: Thailand’s reining Denmark Open champion Ratchanok Intanon outlasted Michelle Li of Canada on Friday to advance into the Hong Kong Open semi-finals.

Intanon who also made the China Open semi-finals last week, outplayed Michelle Li to notch up a 21-14, 21-16 quarter-final victory in 38 minutes.

The No. 6 seed Intanon who is chasing her fourth title of the year (she won the Thailand Open in June, the New Zealand Open in August and the Denmark Open last month), will face P.V. Sindhu of India in the semi-finals.

Facing last week’s China Open champion – Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, Sindhu kept herself in the match with aggressively smashes to win the see-saw battle against the fifth seeded Japanese shuttler 21-12, 21-19 in 37 minutes.

In the top half of the draw, top seed Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan was due to play third seed Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea in Saturday’s semis. Tai beat China’s No. 8 seed Chen Yufei 21-15, 23-21 while Sung defeated seventh seed He Bingjiao of China 21-15, 13-21, 21-15 in the last eight.

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