The Indian star shuttler PV Sindhu endured a disappointing loss to Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei in the semifinals of the Thailand Open on Saturday. She crashed out of the tournament after going down in straight games. Sindhu, who is a two-time Olympic medallist, lost 17-21 16-21 to third-seeded Chen in 43 minutes to end an impressive run in the Super 500 tournament. PV Sindhu, seeded sixth, enjoyed a 6-4 head-to-head count coming into the match but she was not at her usual self against the Chinese, and had been on the offense from the onset.
PV Sindhu suffers a huge loss against Chen Yu Fei
The Hyderabad-based shuttler had endured a defeat against Chen the last time they faced off at the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals. After an initial 3-3 battle, Sindhu was lagging 7-11 at the interval in the first game.
Chen dominated the rallies and eventually held five game points. Sindhu saved two before handing the opening game to her Chinese rival. The world number 7 Indian produced a better show in the second game, leading 6-3 before moving into the break with a narrow two-point cushion.
But the Chinese world number 4 soon tightened her game and turned the tables, moving to a 15-12 advantage. Sindhu couldn’t stop the run of the play as Chen eventually grabbed four match points and converted it comfortably.
PV Sindhu had made it to the semifinal round after emerging victorious against the World No. 1 shuttler Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu, who has won two Super 300 titles this season at the Syed Modi International and Swiss Open, will next compete at the Indonesia Masters Super 500 scheduled to be held in Jakarta from June 7 to 12. We will have to see how she performs in the upcoming tournament.
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