Thailand Open: PV Sindhu withdraws after losing semi-finals© BAI
Star India commuter PV Sindhu left the Thailand Open after losing in consecutive matches to Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei in the semi-finals on Saturday. Two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu lost 17-21 16-21 to third seed Chen in 43 minutes to end an impressive run in the Super 500 tournament. Sixth-seeded Sindhu took advantage of a 6-4 head-to-head count before the match, but she was not at her usual level against the Chinese, who distributed aggressive badminton to find advantages against the Indian.
The 26-year-old from Hyderabad had lost to Chen the last time they faced each other in the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals.
After an early 3-3 battle, Sindhu trailed 7-11 at the break in the opener.
Things didn’t change much as Chen continued to dominate the rallies and eventually held five match points.
Sinhu saved two before giving the opener to her Chinese rival.
The Indian world number 7 produced a better show in game two, leading 6-3 before entering the break with a narrow two-point cushion.
But the Chinese world number 4 quickly tightened her game and turned the game around, moving to a 15-12 advantage. Sindhu couldn’t stop the flow of play as Chen eventually caught four match points and converted it comfortably.
Sindhu, who won two Super 300 titles this season at the Syed Modi International and the Swiss Open, will next compete in the Indonesia Masters Super 500 to be held in Jakartka from June 7-12.
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