Japan Open: PV Sindhu crashes out, Sai Praneeth in semis

Sai PraneethIndia's ace shuttler PV Sindhu lost to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in straight games 18-21, 15-21 in the quarterfinals to crash out of the Japan Open Super 750 tournament in Tokyo on Friday.

The Japanese got the better of the Hyderabadi shuttler  in 50 minutes to cruise into the semi-finals of the prestigious Super 750 tournament.

Meanwhile,  Sai Praneeth entered the semi-finals after beating Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto 21-12, 21-15 in the quarter-final. He now faces top-seeded Japanese Kento Momota in the semi-finals.

Sai Praneeth just took 36 minutes to wrap up the match. In the process, he also became the first-ever Indian men's singles shuttler to reach the last-four stages of Japan Open.

In men's doubles, the Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost in straight sets to Japanese pair of Keigo Sonoda and Takeshi Kamura.