The quarterfinal matches of the Toyota Thailand Open had an interesting day. The top seeds made their way to the semi-finals. However, some were hard-fought, some one-sided.
Women’s Singles Quarter-final review
For the Rio silver medalist and world champion PV Sindhu, it was a very disappointing day. Her opponent, fourth-seeded Ratchanok Intanon completely dominated the game. Adding to the woes, Sindhu was completely off-colour today. Too many errors came from the sixth-seeded Indian. Although she was good in pace and retrieved most shuttles, she struggled to find good length and control the shuttle and lost many points. One could say, it was just not her day. The home favourite won the match 21-13, 21-9.
Seventh-seeded teenage sensation of Korea An Se Young comfortably edged past local girl Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-15, 21-18. The consistency of the Korean girl is truly commendable.
Rio gold medalist, fifth Seed Carolina Marin stormed into the finals without breaking any sweat. Her opponent Neslihan Yigit from Turkey was no match to the former world number one. In just 34 minutes the Spaniard took away the game 21-6, 21-15.
It was an intensely fought match between Number one seed Tai Tzu Ying and eighth seed Michelle Li of Cannada. The match went full length into a third game. Tai Tzu Ying who was unwell since her finals last week, now recovering struggled to scrape off a win that should have been easy for her. She has an 8-2 head to head lead against the Canadian with most being straight-sets wins. Tai Tzu fought back from being a game down 18-21. She made a comeback in the second game, leaving no room for Li to dominate and took the next two games 21-13, 21-11.
Indian Mixed doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy came up with what one can say, one of the best performances. They beat the fifth seed, world number 7, Rio Olympic silver medalists, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia. The world number 36 pair showed extreme grit, determination and fighting spirit in the intensely fought match. The pair was extremely good in their attack and defence, returning shots with interest to pick up points. The aggressive play helped them win. The match won by the Indian duo 18-21, 24-22, 22-20 in an hour and fifteen minutes. The pair has kept up the hopes of a billion Indians alive with this magnificent win. This truly is a great victory for doubles in India.
With the seeded players making into the semi-final stage, needles to say, exciting matches are in store for fans.