Indonesia Open: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen retire; Indian challenge ends | badminton news



JAKARTA: Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and rising star Lakshya Sen made quarter-final exits in their respective singles events, ending India’s challenge in the Indonesia Open Super Series 500 tournament here on Friday.
Sen was the first to be knocked out as the 20-year-old fought back and forced a decider against top-seeded Chinese Taipei rival Chou Tien Chen 21-16, 12-21, 21-14 .
India’s last hope then rested on Sindhu but the former world champion lost without a fight to her old opponent Ratchanok Intanon 12-21, 10-21 in a match lasting just over a half. -hour.
The 27-year-old was at her dominant level and looked comfortable both in attack and defence. The Indian was never able to fight back and suffered her fifth consecutive defeat against her Thai rival.
After pocketing the opener with ease, Intanon looked even more furious in the second and took a 10-point lead before sealing the problem on 33 minutes to improve their one-on-one against Sindhu to 9-4.
Sindhu, who made a semi-final exit at the Thailand Open last month, picked up a hard-fought victory over Gregoria Mariska Tunjung to advance to the quarter-finals.
Earlier, World Championships bronze medalist Sen bounced back to level the second game, but third-seeded Chinese Taipei was superior in the decision with a score of 21-16, 12-21, 21-14 in his favour.
It was Sen’s second straight loss against Chou in less than a month. Sen lost to rivals Chinese Taipei 19-21, 21-13, 17-21 in the Thomas Cup group stage, before turning the tide to script a historic triumph.
The 2018 Asian Games silver medalist, who beat the Indian in the Thomas Cup group stage in their only previous encounter, put up a powerful show in the decider and applied early pressure on the 20-year-old.
World No. 4 Chinese Taipei annexed three straight points to build a six-point lead halfway through the deciding match.
Sen was engaged in some superb rallies towards the end and even saved two match points, but his valiant efforts weren’t enough as the experienced 32-year-old maintained his lead to make it 2-0 in head to head against the Indian.


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