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Swiss Open 2021: Sindhu Cruises Into Semis; Jayaram, Satwik-Ashwini Lose in Quarters

PV Sindhu (Photo Credit: BWF)

PV Sindhu (Photo Credit: BWF)

World champion Sindhu took a minute less than an hour to see off her Thai opponent.

Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu advanced to the semifinals of the Swiss Open Super 300 tournament with a straight-game win over Thai Busanan Ongbamrungphan but it turned out to be a dismal day for other Indian shuttlers here on Friday. World champion Sindhu took a minute less than an hour to see off a fighting Busanan, seeded fifth, 21-16 23-21 to set up a clash with fourth seed Denmark’s fourth seed Mia Blichfeldt.

However, it was a bad day in the office for other Indians in the fray as none of them could reach the last four. Olympic hopeful B Sai Praneeth, who reached the final in the last edition, lost 14-21 17-21 to Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in 45 minutes to bow out of the tournament.

Ajay Jayaram’s campaign ended after a demoralising 9-21 6-21 loss to eighth-seeded Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn in another last eight men’s singles match. Earlier, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa fought hard before going down 17-21 21-16 8-21 to fifth seeds Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles competition.