Top shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth lost their quarterfinal matches on Friday, drawing the curtains on India’s campaign at the $one million China Open BWF World Tour Super 1,000 tournament here.
After Srikanth was ousted 9-21, 11-21 by reigning world champion Kento Momota of Japan, third seed Sindhu went down fighting 11-21, 21-11, 15-21 to World No. 6 Chen Yufei of China in a hard-fought contest, which lasted 52 minutes.
Sindhu had beaten the 20-year-old Chen four times in their last six meetings but on Friday she couldn’t curb her errors or find a way to break her opponent’s superior game plan.
In the opening game, Chen opened up a 6-3 lead. The Chinese produced some stunning strokes to grab an 11-5 lead with a powerful return which the Indian had no answers. After the break, Sindhu took two points but there was a weak return at the net and another stroke went out.
Sindhu’s errors, coupled with Chen later continued to keep the Indian opponent on the back foot.
From Online Sources