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Sindhu confirms medal at Asian Championships; Satwik-Chirag duo goes down fighting


India’s P V Sindhu confirmed her second medal at the Asian Championships after beating He Bing Jiao of China 21-9, 13-21, 21-19 in the quarterfinals in Manila, Philippines on Friday.

AS IT HAPPENED |
Sindhu confirms Asian championships medal after beating He Bing Jiao in quarters, HIGHLIGHTS

In their first meeting since the Tokyo Olympics bronze medal playoff, it took the Indian an hour and 16 minutes to beat the Chinese shuttler.

Sindhu had won a bronze at the 2014 edition in Gimcheon.

In the semifinals, Sindhu will face defending champion Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, who defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 9-21, 21-15, 21-17.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty of India went down fighting Tokyo Olympic Bronze medallists Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia 21-12, 14-21, 16-21 in the men’s doubles quarterfinal match.

Its the fourth consecutive defeat for Indian duo against Malaysian pair, whom they have never defeated.

Currently, Sindhu is the only Indian who has progressed to the semifinals of the Asian Championship.

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