PV Sindhu booked her place in the semi-finals of Singapore Open 2022 by defeating unseeded Chinese Han Yue in a three set quarter final. In a match lasting over 1 hour, Sindhu lost the first game 17-21 but fought back in the second game 21-11 to make it one game a piece. The Hyderabadi shuttler kept her nose ahead in the third game from the word “go” and maintained her slight lead to win it 21-19 to set up an encounter against Kawakami of Japan who thrashed Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-17, 21-19 in another quarter final.
This will be Sindhu’s first semi final appearance since the Thailand Open in May 2022 and she will want to go the distance this time with no prominent top 10 rank holder left in the tournament. An See Young and Tai Tzu Ying have proved invincible when they play against the Indian but with their absence, Sindhu will have the best chance to win the $370,000 prized Singapore Open. Tai retired in her first round match which opened doors for Sindhu who is the only top 10 participant left in the tournament.
Tournament: Singapore Open 2022.
Date: July 16, 2022.
Round: Semi final(round of 4)
Venue: Kallang, Singapore.
Category: HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500.
Match timing: 10:30 AM
Prize money: $370,000.
Live streaming: Voot select for streaming and Sports 18 for TV telecast
What to expect
Sindhu is currently the world number 7 and will be up against Kawakami who is ranked 38 in the world. In all likeliness, Sindhu is expected to easily win the match and advance to the finals considering her form. Kawakami has not defeated any top player in a while and she needs to punch above her weight to stand any chance of an upset.
Head to head
The Indian is 2-0 up against Kawakami in the head to head and both the matches were won in straight games. The two last met in 2018 Victor China Open where Sindhu won 21-15, 21-13.