Sindhu stuns Shixian, Kashyap also wins but Saina loses

Sindhu stuns Shixian, Kashyap also wins but Saina loses

Producing yet another emphatic performance, Indian giant slayer P V Sindhu today stunned the recently-crowned All England champion Shixian Wang to breeze into the semifinals even as it was end of road for Saina Nehwal at the USD 125,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold here.

In the men's singles, Parupalli Kashyap also booked a semifinal berth with a hard-fought victory over sixth seed Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei.

Seventh seed Sindhu played a dominating game to assert her supremacy over two-time All England Champion with a 21-17 21-15 win in a 45-minute match to set up a semifinal clash with another fast emerging Chinese Sun Yu.

It was Sindu's third win over Shixian in as many matches. Last year she had humbled the Chinese at the World Championship in the quarterfinals.

However, Olympic bronze medallist Saina had a tough time dealing with the world number three Yihan Wang as she slipped to a 17-21 2-21, her seventh defeat to a Chinese, in a 38-minute match.

Kashyap, meanwhile, took an hour and 14 minutes to tame Tien 21-15 21-23 21-18 -- his second win against the Taiwanese -- and would face world number 27 Houwei Tian of China in the semifinals.

World number 9 Sindhu showed once again why she is considered to be India's next big badminton sensation as she produced a beautifully controlled and carefully-paced game to keep Shixian at bay through out the quarterfinal match.

The third seed Chinese did fight hard Sindhu was always on guard and marched ahead everytime Shixian tried to claw her way back.

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