Star Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy set up an all-Indian men’s singles semi-final in the $325,000 French Open Superseries after winning their respective quarter-final matches even as second seed P.V. Sindhu reached her maiden women’s singles semi-finals here on Friday.Prannoy consumed 47 minutes in ousting South Korea’s Jeon Hyeok Jin 21-16, 21-16 while Srikanth bounced back from a game down to beat Chinese No. 4 seed, Shi Yuqi 8-21, 21-19, 21-9 in a match that lasted exactly an hour.Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu outclassed Chinese rising star Chen Yufei in straight games 21-14, 21-14 in a match that lasted for 42 minutes. This is Sindhu’s maiden last-four appearance in the tournament.In the men’s singles match, Prannoy hardly lost any sweat in the first game and held a comfortable lead throughout.In the second game, Hyeok Jin upped his game and caused the Indian some problems. However, Prannoy was quick to overcome the difficult period and clinch the tie without any hiccups.The other men’s singles quarter-final witnessed a dramatic comeback from the eighth-seeded Srikanth, who rose four spots to the fourth position after clinching the Denmark Open last week.Srikanth failed to find the momentum in the first game and was easily overpowered by the Chinese shuttler.The Indian opened up with a good lead in the second game before the breather but the Chinese clawed his way back to go neck and neck until the Guntur-born shuttler used all his experience to take the final two points.advertisementSrikanth, however, totally dominated the proceedings in the decider to seal the match in his favour.In women’s singles, Sindhu dominated the match throughout, except for a brief period in the second game, against her world No.10 Chinese rival.It also turned out to be a sweet revenge for the Indian star, who now enjoys a 3-2 head-to-head record against Chen.In the semi-finals on Saturday, Sindhu will face the winner of the match between third seed Sung Ju Hyun of South Korea and fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.Akane had defeated another Indian Saina Nehwal in the second round.In men’s doubles, the young Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out after losing 5-21, 21-17, 17-21 to world’s top ranked combo of Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the quarter-finals.
students to get free coachingNew Delhi, Dec 26 (PTI) Students of Delhi government schools will get free coaching in their favourite sport by academies and clubs which, in turn, will use the institute playgrounds for private coaching after school hours and during holidays.The aim is to provide opportunity to government school students in sports coaching and ensure optimum usage of playgrounds.The government had last year decided to rent out playgrounds of 77 schools run by it to be used by sports associations and clubs to oragnise events after school hours and during holidays.”The scheme was launched on a pilot basis and now we have decided to take it forward. The academies which will be using the playgrounds will have to give free coaching to the students of the particular school,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters.”They will be free to charge fees as per their own rates from the outsiders taking private coaching. However, 50 per cent of them have to be government school students in the national capital,” he said.While earlier, 15 games were included under the scheme, now training will be imparted for 31 sports, including badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, football, hockey, judo, kabaddi, volleyboll, wrestling and baseball among others.”We will seek applications from sports academies and clubs for the purpose,” Sisodia said. PTI GJS NSD