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PV Sindhu enters women’s singles semi-finals, Akarshi Kashyap’s campaign ends MPNRC News

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Double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu on Saturday defeated Malaysia’s Goh Wei Jin in the women’s singles quarter-finals to bid for her first individual gold medal at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

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Former world champion Sindhu defeated 60th-ranked Goh 19-21, 21-14, 21-18 to reach her third straight semifinal at the Commonwealth Games.

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However, youngster Akarshi Kashyap made her CWG debut losing 10-21, 7-21 to Scotland’s Christy Gilmour, silver and bronze medalist in the 2014 and 2018 editions respectively.

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Sindhu, who won bronze and silver in the last two editions, looked a little shaky against Goh, who defeated her in two tight games in the mixed team championship final.

Goh’s attacking prowess was once again on display as she made the Indians work hard in the opening game.

The 27-year-old from Hyderabad led by two points at the interval, but Goh took a 1-0 lead in the match with a fine display in the second half of the first game.

The much-experienced Sindhu, however, soon reclaimed her role as the pair produced some brilliant rallies to give the Indian team a three-point advantage at the break.

World No. 7 Sindhu extended her lead to 19-14 and was soon back in the contest.

The decisive pair saw some impressive rallies as they went neck-to-neck at 6-6. Sindhu managed to take an 8-6 lead, but Goh soon grabbed three points.

The Indian soon pulled away from Goh to take a slim lead of one point at the interval.

While Goh played some exceptional shots including body smashes, Sindhu focused on driving her opponent across the court and used her strokes to achieve that.

Sindhu tried to get into good position to open up more options for her strokeplay. Soon she was leading 15-11 and Goh looked dejected, flat on the ground.

The Indian kept a tight grip on the rallies as Goh looked tired of her comebacks and seemed to lose the sting.

In the end, Sindhu saved three match points and converted on her second try, adding to the jubilation of the Indian fans at the NEC Hall here.

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