Sindhu loses to Bing jiao, Srikanth, too, ousted

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OLYMPIC sil­ver medal­list P V Sindhu and Ki­dambi Srikanth were ousted from the China Open World Tour Su­per 750 on Fri­day af­ter los­ing their sin­gles quar­ter-fi­nals matches here.

While Sindhu yet again strug­gled to go past China’s He Bingjiao in women’s sin­gles, Srikanth fell in straight-games to world num­ber 3 Chou Tien Chen in the men’s sin­gles event.

Third seeded Sindhu, who clinched three sil­ver medals this sea­son — Com­mon­wealth Games, World Cham­pi­onship and Asian Games — lost 17-21, 21-17, 15-21 to the eighth seeded Chi­nese.

It was In­dian shut­tler’s third loss to Bingjiao, who had de­feated her at the In­done­sia Open and French Open in July and Oc­to­ber this year.

Later Srikanth paid the price for be­ing too er­ratic as he lost 1421, 14-21, in 35 min­utes to Chen, who has been in good form this sea­son with three ti­tles from five fi­nal ap­pear­ances.

Ear­lier, the left-handed Bingjiao con­trolled the ral­lies by ex­e­cut­ing her strokes per­fectly and used her deft touch to out­wit Sindhu.

The In­dian frit­tered away a 83 ad­van­tage early on to lose the open­ing game but made a roar­ing come­back in the sec­ond be­fore los­ing the de­cider af­ter a late charge.

Sindhu had started well to take a 4-1 lead early on be­fore mov­ing to 8-3 but Bingjiao man­aged to claw back at 9-9. The duo moved neck and neck till 15-15 when the Chi­nese moved ahead with three straight points. Sindhu made it to 17-18 be­fore Bingjiao pock­eted the open­ing game.

In the sec­ond game, Bingjiao surged to 4-2 but Sindhu turned the ta­bles as she moved to 6-5 and then grabbed a 11-7 lead. She kept dis­tance de­spite the Chi­nese snap­ping at her feet.

In the de­cider, Bingjiao was more sure-footed than Sindhu as she ex­e­cuted her plan well to take a 11-6 ad­van­tage at the in­ter­val. The Chi­nese man­aged to eke out a 15-8 lead be­fore Sindhu pro­duced a late charge to claw back to 15-16.

But Bingjiao didn’t give any chance to the In­dian af­ter that as she reeled off the re­main­ing points to ce­ment her place in the semi­fi­nals.

In the men’s sin­gles match, Srikanth never seemed to pose a chal­lenge to his Chi­nese Taipei op­po­nent, who won ti­tles in Ger­many, Sin­ga­pore and Korea this year.

Chen played with a lot of con­fi­dence, some­thing which the In­dian seemed to have lacked dur­ing the match as he gave away easy points.

In the open­ing game, Srikanth did well ini­tially to grab a 10-8 lead but af­ter the break, Chen dom­i­nated the pro­ceed­ings. Even­tu­ally a roar­ing smash earned him the game point and he sealed it when Srikanth’s re­turn went wide.

In the sec­ond game, Srikanth strug­gled again and was 4-10 down at one stage but he pro­duced a tow­er­ing smash and two un­forced er­rors from his ri­val took him to 7-10.

A net er­ror from Srikanth gave a 11-7 lead to Chen at the break.

Af­ter the breather, Chen again dom­i­nated the ral­lies even as Srikanth fell in a heap of er­rors.

Lag­ging 11-18, Srikanth pro­duced an­other smash to take a point but Chen soon had eight match points when the In­dian hit long.

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