Thailand Open: PV Sindhu lost to Ratchanok Intanon in straight games.© AFP
India’s top shuttler PV Sindhu on Friday crashed out of Thailand Open after losing 13-21, 9-21 to Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the quarterfinals. Sindhu’s Thai opponent dominated the match right from the word go but Sindhu crawled her way back to level the scores at 13-all in the opening game. However, Thai player earned eight consecutive points to clinch the first game with great ease. The local player took her game to another level in the second game while her Indian compatriot struggled to find her feet, eventually winning the second game by more than 10 points.
India’s Sameer Verma lost a hard-fought men’s singles match against third-seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark. The Indian shuttler lost the first game 13-21 but bounced back to clinch the second game 21-19, taking the match to the final game. Sameer Verma fought hard in the deciding game but his Danish opponent used all his experience and just about managed to emerge on top, winning the game 22-20.
Earlier in the day, Indian mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Malaysia’s Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon 18-21, 24-22, 22-20 in a thrilling encounter that lasted 75 minutes to reach the semi-finals.
Former World No. 1 Carolina Marin advanced to the women’s singles semi-finals beating Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit 21-6, 21-15. Marin will be facing off in the semi-finals against South Korean An Se-young, a formidable teenager who was awarded “Most Promising Player” in 2019.
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