PV Sindhu enters quarters of All England Open

India's Pusarla V Sindhu

I was nervous, I was also trailing in the second but I knew it is not over till the last moment and I fought back and won 21-18. "Though now I am really disappointed because I had one of the best draws after the first round and I didn't really take that opportunity", he said.

However, the Japanese suddenly found her legs to charge from 10-17 down, win the next seven points and level the game at 17-all. She lost 21-19, 19-21, 18-21 to Akane Yamaguchi. "We can't expect easy points, we have to focus on each point". I could have played more patiently in the decider when I was 12-16. "I could have hit it a little more back", Sindhu said after the defeat.

Sindhu, who had to sweat hard in her opening game on Wednesday too, started the match aggressively and was leading 6-3 in no time. "But when the feeling was gone, I could calm myself down quickly without rushing into the point", Yamaguchi told ESPN.

The Indian again grabbed the slender two-point lead when her opponent hit wide twice.

PV Sindhu, who has come out victorious in six of their nine previous matches, made an aggressive start. She leads 8-5. Sindhu then pounced on a chance at the net to grab lead and then gained the match point when the Thai went to net.

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Sindhu isn't as sharp at the net, her backhand isn't always operational and she can't help it - though she almightily tries - to pool in all the demands of constructing a victor: the lunge, the stretch, the tiring overheads, the deep sideways dives. Sindhu then judges one perfectly to make it 20-18.

In scenes similar to the one that went down to the wire in the summit clash of last year's Dubai Superseries Final, both Sindhu and Yamaguchi threw themselves on the court, traversing diagonally again and again during a series of punishing rallies, which defined the edge-of-the-seat thriller.

And that's what would keep Sindhu happy when she takes on Yamaguchi in the semifinals of the All England Championship on Saturday.

Later in the day, the 16th-ranked Prannoy took 38 minutes to beat Sugiarto 21-10, 21-19 in the second round. Huang, however, caught up at 16-16 and held the game point at 20-18. It's 9-9 in the second game. With 2013 champion Ratchanok Inthanon smashing out in the opening round, the onus was on Jindapol to go far in the tournament, and she did produce some superb strokes, but Sindhu was always a step forward.

Thereon, she slowed the pace of the game, put herself in control and that affected the Indian mentally.

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