All England Open: Women’s singles semi-finals preview

Heading into the last four stage of the All England Open, here is a preview of the women's singles category.

The quarter-finals had some really power-packed matches and the semi-finals draw is extremely exciting. PV Sindhu will take on Pornpawee Chochuwong after defeating Akane Yamaguchi in three scintillating games. Ratchanok Intanon will play Nozomi Okuhara in the other half of the draw.

Match Details: Pornpawee Chochuwong[6] vs PV Sindhu[5]

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Chochuwong

Date:20 March 2021

Tournament: Yonex All England Open 2021

Venue: Arena Birmingham

Category: World Tour Super 1000

Round: Semi-Final

Pornpawee Chochuwong[6] vs PV Sindhu[5]: Women’s singles semi-finals Match Preview All England Open

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PV Sindhu

Both players have been showing promise with improving performances. The reigning world champion Sindhu looks to get back to winning ways and script history for her country at the All England Open. Chochuwong will put in her best foot forward to become a title winner for her country.

Pornpawee Chochuwong vs PV Sindhu: Head-to-Head

PV Sindhu leads the head-to-head 4-1 against Chochuwong. Their last meeting was in January 2021 at the BWF World Tour Finals. PV Sindhu won the last meeting in straight games 21-18, 21-15.

Pornpawee Chochuwong vs PV Sindhu: Match Prediction

It will be a tough match for both players. If Sindhu continues the form with she played against Yamaguchi and make fewer errors, she stands a great chance at beating the Thai. Chochuwong has been playing well too, having been able to take games against the formidable Carolina Marin. Any slack from Sindhu and Chochuwong has the abilities to convert the match in her favour.

Prediction: PV Sindhu wins in a closely fought straight games.

Match Details: Ratchanok Intanon[4] vs Nozomi Okuhara[2]

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Ratchanok Intanon and Nozomi Okuhara

Date:20 March 2021

Tournament: Yonex All England Open 2021

Venue: Arena Birmingham

Category: World Tour Super 1000

Round: Semi-Final

Ratchanok Intanon vs Nozomi Okuhara: Women’s singles semi-finals Match Preview All England Open

Ratchanok despite having played a few tournaments has been faltering in making it big and winning titles. Nozomi Okuhara makes a return right after a year. Her last tournament was the All England Open 2020.

Ratchanok Intanon vs Nozomi Okuhara: Head-to-Head

The Japanese world number 4 Nozomi Okuhara holds the head-to-head advantage 9-6. The last meeting between the two as in the BWF World Tour Finals 2019 where Okuhara beat Intanon in straight sets.

Ratchanok Intanon vs Nozomi Okuhara: Match Prediction

Intanon showed the doors to Mia in the quarterfinals who has been on a run of good performances against the best players. Okuhara had to struggle to get past eight-seeded Busanan. It was a match lasting an hour and 13 minutes, which if physically gruelling. Now, Ratchanok and Okuhara will have to be physically at their best and match pace. The rallies will be long. Intanon has a better chance of winning if she uses her match experience and play tactically against Okuhara and attack and tire her out. Okuhara has a strong defence, so Intanon will have to be crafty.

Prediction: Ratchanok wins in three close games.

Where to watch?

The matches start at 3:30 PM IST and will be telecast live on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 2 HD TV channels in India and Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform.

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