India’s both ace shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were crashed out in the quarterfinals of the China Open World Tour Super 750 on Friday.
Sindhu yet again faced a defeat from her Chinese counterpart, He Bingjiao in women’s singles. Olympic silver medalist lost to the eighth-seeded Chinese by 17-21, 21-17, 15-21. Top-seeded Indian shuttler too fell in straight games to World No. 3 Chou Tien Chen in the men’s singles event. Kidambi lost the match in just a 35-minute encounter with Chou by 14-21, 14-21.
PV Sindhu Vs He Bingjiao
Sindhu lost for the third consecutive time with Bingjiao, who had earlier defeated in French Open and Indonesia Open. It was expected that Sindhu will run past over her jinx defeats against her Chinese competitor. But the Bingjiao with her powerful shots didn’t let Sindhu make a comeback in the game. The left-handed Bingjiao ruled the game by paving the way to some perfect strokes, which straight away outwitted the Indian shuttler.
Though Sindhu frittered an early 8-3 advantage thus losing the first game, soon the Hyderabad-based Indian shuttler made a powerful comeback. Sindhu took an early 4-1 lead, but Bingjaio easily managed to level the game by 9-9. For a fair amount of time, the duo moved to neck to neck till 15-15, but then the Chinese moved ahead of the game with three points, with three straight points, hence ruling the opening game.
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In the second game, Sindhu quickly turned the game to a 6-5 and took a comfortable 11-7 lead. It was in the decider game, that Bingjiao executed her master game with a 15-8 lead. Bingjiao didn’t give any chance to the Indian and took away the remaining points, thus clutching away a quarterfinal win from the hands of PV Sindhu.
Kidambi Srikanth Vs Chou Tien Chen
In the men’s singles, Srikanth never seemed to pose a challenge to his Chinese Taipei opponent-- Advertisement --
In the men’s singles match, it seemed Chinese Taipei opponent took away the match easily from the hands of Kidambi Srikanth. Indian shuttler didn’t put up a tough fight against his competitor. Chen put up a strong performance while Kidambi lacked his usual vigour and gave away some easy points. In the opening game, while Srikanth took an initial 10-8 lead but soon the Chen dominated the game. Eventually, Chen ‘s smash made him victorious while Srikanth’s return went in vain.
Chinese Taipei’s opponent Chen has won international titles in Germany, Singapore and Korea.
Again in the second game, Kidambi was found a bit struggling. Towering smashes, Net errors, gave Chen an 11-7 lead. At one point, lagging in the game by 11-18, Chen wisely earned eight match points thus sealing the game with another hard-hitting return.
On the other hand, in men’s doubles match, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also lost to the former world No.1 duo Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia 11-21, 21-16, 12-21. This has ultimately brought an end to India’s campaign at the China Open in Fuzhou.