india 's Kidambi srikanth overcame compatriot Sai Praneeth 25-23, 21-17 to reach the semi-finals of badminton 's australian Open in Sydney on Friday.

It will be srikanth 's third straight Superseries semi-final, a turnaround from his modest form of last season.

"It's going great so far, I just want to play well," he said.

"I missed six-seven tournaments last year, I just want to play as many games as possible.”

After a close first game, Praneeth faltered in not maintaining the pressure on srikanth , who steadily grew in confidence and closed out the match and will face China's Shi Yuqi in Saturday's semi-finals.

Chinese fourth seed Shi progressed with a 21-17, 21-12 win over Denmark's Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus.

South Korea's Lee Hyun-Il knocked out Chinese eighth seed Tian Houwei 17-21, 21-15, 21-18 and will next face China's sixth ranked Chen Long.

Chen won a 78-minute struggle over two-time Olympic and five-time world champion Lin Dan 21-16, 12-21, 23-21.

China's sixth seed Sun Yu won a re-match of last year's women's final when she knocked out india 's defending champion Saina Nehwal 21-17, 10-21, 21-17.

Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying, recovering from flu, dug deep to beat india 's fourth-ranked Pusarla Sindhu, 10-21, 22-20, 21-16 and advance to the semi-finals of the women's event.

The top seed will face Japanese third seed Akane Yamaguchi, who powered past China’s Chen Yufei, 21-15, 21-14.

Japan's Nozomi Okuhara also made it to the last four following a 21-12, 23-21 victory over compatriot Sayaka Takahashi.