PV Sindhu trounces Akane Yamaguchi, Kidambi Srikanth loses again at Dubai Finals

PV Sindhu trounces Akane Yamaguchi, Kidambi Srikanth loses again at Dubai Finals

Yuqi eked out a 13-21, 21-18, 21-17 win over Axelsen to top Group "B". She somehow managed to crawl back and even came close to equal the scoring, but Sindhu's placement coupled with Bingjiao's errors led the Indian to a brilliant victory; a well-deserved victory.

The extravaganza will take place in Dubai for the final time at the Hamdan Sports Complex from December 13-17, and in an absolute treat for badminton fans, Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei has been drawn in the same group as Olympic champion Chen Long in the men's singles. I want to play another very good match tomorrow.

World No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and third-ranked PV Sindhu of India, who both won their first two group matches, also qualified for the semi-finals and were due to play each other in their final first round match late last night to decide the Group A victor.

But if crowd support was enough to win a match, Sindhu's compatriot Kidambi Srikanth would have won his final Group A game in men's single in emphatic style.

The Indian joined Japanese Akane Yamaguchi to advance to the semi-finals from Group A.

Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei, the four-time victor of the tournament, suffered a stunning three-set (13-21, 22-20, 21-15) defeat against South Korea's Son Wan Ho, but both players went on to reach the semifinals from Group A in men's singles.

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The elite of world badminton are back in Dubai this week to battle it out for one of the most prestigious and fiercely contested titles in the sport, the season-ending Dubai World Superseries Finals. In pool B 2014 victor and 2016 defending champion Tai Tzu Ying will face Sung Ji Hyun, Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon and China's Chen Yufei. Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying and Chen Yufei of China are still in contention but South Korean Sung ji Hyun has been eliminated. "That also helps me anticipate her shots better".

"I am happy with the way I played today".

Before the match, Sindhu had a 4-2 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, which included a win at the Hong Kong Super Series last month.

The Women's Doubles Group A - the "Group of Death" - meanwhile, was thrown wide open with top seeds Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto (Japan) recovering from their opening loss yesterday to stop China's Huang Yaqiong/Yu Xiaohan 21-16 21-16.

In Group B, Korea's Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan crashed to their second straight defeat, falling 21-18 21-13 to Japan's Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota.

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