Jakarta, Jan 27: Star Indian shuttler Sai Nehwal stormed into the fil, while the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty bowed out of the $350,000 Indonesia Masters World Tour Super 500 in the semi-fil here on Saturday.
Sai enters Indonesia Masters fil
Sai, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, took 49 minutes to defeat the Thai fourth seed and former world champion Ratchanok Intanon 21-19, 21-19.
Sai, who now leads the head-to-head tie 8-5 against Ratchanok, will play the winner from the second semi-fil between top seeded Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and Chinese eighth seed He Bingjiao — in the fil on Sunday.
Both the games remained close with Intanon taking a slender 3-1 lead in the beginning which was pulled back by Sai to level things at 5-5.
However, the Thailand shuttler took an upper hand to further take a 13-11 lead. In the closing minutes, Sai kept her calm to clinch the game.
In the second game, Sai domited the proceedings from the onset to take an 17-11 advantage. Failing to maintain the lead, the fourth seed came from behind to level things at 18-18 but gave away the game to Sai who looked contended to clinch the match.
Meanwhile, Satwik and Chirag ended their run in straight games against world No.1 pair Marcus Ferldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the semi-fils.
The world No.32 failed to get their combition right and lost 14-21, 11-21 in half an hour. The Indian pair had upset two top-10 players in the run to the semi-fils. IANS