Kidambi Srikanth Calls Umpiring 'Ridiculous' Following his Exit From All England Championship

Kidambi Srikanth Calls Umpiring 'Ridiculous' Following his Exit From All England Championship

It not easy to get points from her.

Current World no. 6 PV Sindhu has defeated Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara 20-22, 21-18, 21-18 to advance to the semi-final of All England Championships on Friday.

Lin Dan beat his old rival and defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 21-16, 21-17 in the All England Open quarterfinals. She survived her opponent in yet another thrilling match between the two long-time rivals and concluded the 84-minute contest in her favour, 20-22, 21-18, 21-18.

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India chief coach Pullela Gopichand said he was happy to see Sindhu upset Okuhara today in another pulsating contest.

That meant that with her height advantage she was able to catch Okuhara on the wrong foot with the net lift when the Japanese was clearly anticipating a dribble from that tight position and presented Sindhu with an open court to kill the shuttle and level the scores. She managed a 3-1 lead initially but Okuhara once again clawed her way back. She used a reverse slab and dominated the rally next to zoom to an 11-3 advantage at the half-break.

It was a similar strategy that worked for Sindhu on the final point of the match with Okuhara not really in a position to return the angled push from Sindhu's backhand as the shuttle fell on the line to hand her the winning point. Sindhu too looked to step up the pace of the rallies and narrowed the gap to 10-14. "I made too many unforced mistakes there". Okuhara won the final two points after a brace of unsuccessful line challenges from Sindhu as her strokes landed millimeters out along the sidelines.

The way forward for Sindhu would be to maintain a sustained attack, keep the rallies short and avoid going on the defensive, since the super-fit Yamaguchi has unlimited stamina and has become extremely swift at the net to put away even a slightly loose return.

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu says losing close matches from advantageous position dealt a blow to her confidence and she is looking to overcome it by working on the mental aspect of her game. Sindhu then drew parity at 6-6 when Okuhara found the net. Sindhu pounced on a chance at the net to grab the lead and gained the match point when the Thai went to the net. Sindhu produced an onrushing return at the back and then unleashed a couple of roaring smashes to make it 16-16.