China Open 2018: Sindhu, Srikanth crash out in the quarter-finals

Indian ace shuttler PV Sindhu on Friday crashed out of the ongoing China Open after losing to Chen Yufei of China in the quarter-final of the women’s singles event.

The 23-year-old was defeated 11-21, 21-11, 15-21 by her Chinese opponent that was completely dominated by Yufei. Right from the start, Sindhu struggled and eventually failed to put any fight in the game. In the second game, Sindhu, however, gained the initial lead of four points to make the scoreline 5-1 in her favour, but with four consecutive points, the Chinese shuttler again shifted the momentum to her side.

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The Asian Games silver medallist made a comeback and went onto win a 26-shot rally which gave her an edge in the game. Yufei, however, looked clueless as Sindhu dominated 21-11 win in the second game.

In the deciding game, world number two opened with a lead of 2 points but could not maintain the same, and eventually lost the game by 15-21.

Earlier today, in the men’s singles event, Kidambi Srikanth also lost his quarter-final battle 9-21, 11-21 against Japanese shuttler Kento Momota. With both Srikanth and Sindhu out, Indian campaign in the China Open also came to an end.

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