Star Indian badminton player PV Sindhu on Friday continued her winning spree, reserving a spot in the Korean Open semi-finals by beating her Japanese rival Minatsu Mitani in the quarter-finals of the women's singles in Seoul. Since then, the Korean player has climbed up to world ranking.
However, Bingjioa made a resounding comeback in the second game to win it 21-17 to level the tie and send jitters in the Indian camp. But this can be another tough game against the Chinese opponent.
Meanwhile, Sindhu recovered from a mid-match slump to oust Minatsu Mitani of Japan 21-19, 16-21, 21-10.Mitani, who stunned world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying on Thursday, was in good touch against Sindhu.
He will be locking horns with number one seeded Son Wan Ho in his last 16-match match. Sindhu looked seemingly exhausted at 9-7 as Bingjiao's strategy of making Sindhu play lower helped her to tie at 9-9. She had Sindhu in trouble with angled shots and won most of the long rallies. Sindhu then took advantage of some unforced errors from Bingjiao to take a 17-14 lead.
Sindhu trails 3-5 in head-to-head record against Bingjiao.
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Sindhu thus set up a mouth-watering a clash with Japans Nozomi Okuhara, her nemesis at the recent World Championship final which saw the two battle for an hour and 50 minutes at Glasgow last month.
The fifth-seeded Indian had started the match quite convincingly taking a lead of 6-2 early in the opening game but the Japanese showed real grit and determination to come back quickly and reach the break at 11-9.
The Indian shuttler won four of the next six points to take the deciding game 21-16 and enter the finals of the Korea Open Superseries.
Sindhu vs Bingjiao is the fourth match at Main Location 1.