Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu dished out a superlative performance to outclass Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in straight games and enter the women's singles final of the Swiss Open Super 300 tournament in Basel on Saturday. (More Badminton News)
Sindhu, the reigning world champion, beat fourth-seeded Blichfeldt 22-20 21-10 in 43 minutes to avenge her first-round loss to the Danish world no. 12 at the Yonex Thailand Open in January.
This is Sindhu's first final appearance since the World Championships in 2019.
On Friday night, former champion Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the men's singles semifinals after a straight-game win over sixth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand.
World no. 10 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also entered the semifinals of the super 300 event, continuing their good run following a last-four finish at Toyota Thailand Open in January.
Fourth seed Srikanth beat Wangcharoen 21-19 21-15 in 44 minutes, while second seeds Satwik and Chirag saw off fifth seeds Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 12-21 21-19 21-12 in the men's doubles competition on Friday night.
Former world no. 1 Srikanth, who had last made it to semis at the Hong Kong Super 500 in November, 2019, will clash with top seed and world no. 2 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.
It will be the first clash between the two since their meeting at the 2019 India Open in March.
Satwik and Chirag will face the sixth-seeded Danish pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.