In a stellar display of skill and determination, PV Sindhu stormed into the semifinals of the Denmark Open by defeating Thailand’s Supanida Katethong3 in straight games. Sindhu, who was a finalist in Odense back in 2015, seems poised to aim for the championship title this time around.
The Indian shuttler displayed her prowess by clinching the match 21-19, 21-12 in just 47 minutes. It was an impressive victory, especially considering that Supanida Katethong, a left-handed opponent, had posed challenges for Sindhu in previous encounters. Going into this match, Sindhu had a 1-3 record against southpaw players in 2023, including Katethong. However, with this win, Sindhu reestablished her dominance, improving her record against Katethong to 4-2 in six meetings.
Sindhu’s next opponent in the semifinal is a familiar face, her friend and fellow competitor Carolina Marin, the Rio 2016 champion. Marin secured her spot by defeating Tai Tzu Ying in a thrilling semifinal match with a score of 19-21, 21-15, 21-18. Sindhu and Marin have crossed paths 15 times in the past, with Marin leading 10-5 in their head-to-head encounters. Their rivalry dates back to the Denmark Open in 2015 when Sindhu emerged victorious.
This marks Sindhu’s fifth semifinal appearance of the year, and notably, it’s her first at a Super 750 level tournament, which is the second-highest tier in the BWF World Tour events.
Sindhu commenced the match cautiously, making a few unforced errors early on. However, she gained confidence as the opening game progressed, displaying her prowess with a round-the-head crosscourt smash winner that secured an 11-8 lead at the interval. Sindhu continued to impress, extending her lead to 19-12 in the first game, while Katethong struggled to control her errors. Despite Katethong’s spirited fightback, Sindhu ultimately sealed the opening game.
Sindhu’s journey in the Denmark Open remains a remarkable one, and fans are eagerly anticipating her showdown with Carolina Marin in the semifinals, as she vies for the coveted championship title.
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