Sindhu, Srikanth bow out of Indonesia Masters

Sindhu, Srikanth bow out of Indonesia Masters



DOUBLE Olympic medallist PV Sindhu crashed out of the Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton tournament after suffering a straight-game defeat in the semifinals against Japanese top seed Akane Yamaguchi, on Saturday.

Even though Sindhu had a superior 12-7 head-to-head record against the Japanese shuttler going into Friday's tie, having won both the meetings between the two this year, the Indian was no match to her rival, losing 13-21, 9-21 in a one-sided duel that lasted just 32 minutes.

Former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth also crashed out of the Indonesia Masters after losing to Danish third-seed Anders Antonsen 21-14, 21-9 in the men's singles semifinal that lasted 41 minutes.

Srikanth was able to hold on Antonsen initially, levelling the scores at 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 before falling behind. Srikanth made another fine recovery in the first game, narrowing down the gap to 12-11 but eventually lost steam.

In the second game also, both were tied at 4-4 but the Dane took eight straight points to zoom to 12-4. The Indian could not recover from there while Antonsen never let his guard down to win the second game and the match.