India's rising star PV Sindhu outclassed Febby Angguni of Indonesia 21-13, 21-17 to storm into the women's singles semi-finals of the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament. In men's action, Parupalli Kashyap also made it to the semi-final stage by defeating Malaysian Soon Huat Goh 23-21, 8-21, 21-16.
Both Sindhu (World No.24) and Kashyap (No.20) are the highest-ranked players in the tournament following the exits of Saina Nehwal and Taufik Hidayat. However, it was a mixed day for the Indians as RMV Gurusaidutt and HS Prannoy lost in their respective quarter-final clashes.
Fifth seed Alamsyah Yunus of Indonesia, quelled the challenge of HS Prannoy 18-21, 21-10, 21-12. Third seed Tommy Sugiarto, also of Indonesia, defeated twelfth seed RMV Gurusaidutt 19-21, 22-20, 21-16.
The marathon battle between World No.27 Sugiarto and No.39 Gurusaidutt lasted an hour and 32 minutes. In the first game the scores were level on more than one occasion but Gurusaidutt edged out Sugiarto.
There was not much to chose between the two players in the second game also and Gurusaidutt after trailing 19-20 succeeded in leveling the scores at 20-20. But the Indonesian, ultimately prevailed 22-20.
However, in the third game Sugiarto started taking breaks citing a strain in his left thigh. The stoppage in the game affected Gurusaidutt's rhythm. The chair umpire issued a yellow card to Sugiarto when he was leading at 13-11 and then a red card at the 17-13 stage. However, Sugiarto wasn't issued any more cards and he won the final game 21-16. Sugiarto will now play Kashyap in the semifinals.
GURUSAIDUTT, however, wasn't happy with Sugiarto's tactics. "Sugiarto was getting tired so he was taking a lot of time between points. Because of breaks I could not really trouble him with longer points. I do not know exactly what the rules pertaining to such circumstances are. Though he was shown the red card, I thought that he should have been disqualified," Gurusaidutt said.