PV Sindhu reached the semi- finals of the Dubai World Super Series Finals as she beat Japan’s Sayaka Sato 21-13, 21-12 in her second match of the tournament on Thursday. Sindhu took just 36 minutes to dispatch Sato and make it to the semis, winning both her group matches till now. Sindhu had, on Wednesday, defeated China’s He Bingjiao 21-11,15-21, 21-18 in 64 minutes in her tournament opener. Sindhu will take on world No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in an inconsequential match on Friday as both players have made it past the group stage. Sato started the match positively winning the first two points of the game. But Sindhu soon took over.
Despite a cautious start, Sindhu soon showed her mettle taking control of the game and went into the break with an 11-8 lead. From there, Sindhu simply accelerated to open up a massive lead of 17- 11 against Sato and the Japanese could not find her way back into the game. With some patient yet aggressive display, Sindhu easily pocketed the first game 21-13. Sindhu carried forward her first game momentum into the second and opened up an early 5-2 lead. She kept up her lead to make it 9-4 before Sato fought back to reduce the lead to 9-6. Despite Sato's attempts, she raced to an 11-6 lead at the break. Even after the break, Sindhu never let Sato back in the game as she raced ahead to make it 15-7. Sindhu hardly looked like she broke any sweat as she eased her way through. Sato failed to give herself even a glimpse of hope as Sindhu crushed her to a 19-8 lead. From there Sato could manage only two points before the Indian shuttler won the game 21-12 and hence , the match. Earlier in the day, Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the tournament with his second loss in a row. He lost to Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 21-18.