Sindhu, Srikant essentially out of knockouts after consecutive misfortunes


PV Sindhu had suffered demoralising defeat against Ratchanok Intanon a week ago, and there is no chance for her to enter into the World Champion this time too as she got defeated again 18-21 13-21 against third-seeded Thai.

Against Wang Tzu Wei Srikant savoured head-to-head 3-0 count ahead of the match but it didn’t lasted long as the world no 12 Taiwanese claimed a come-from-behind 19-21 21-9 21-19.

Wang and Srikant both played some good shots to open up a 9-5 lead as the Indian made a poor judgment. As the Srikant made errors at the net it allowed Wang to grab a healthy 11-5 points at the interval.

Wang simply sealed the game as he was leading 16-6 when Srikant found the net.

Srikant leading 4-1 but Wang defended his game and made it 8-4 with the seven straight points. However, Srikant bounced back to make it 10-10 but Wang again captured a lead at 17-13.

Srikant made 16-17 before finding the net and going wide. Again Indian shuttler missed the line as Wang captured four match points. Srikant saved three but went down in the end.

On Thursday, after losing second round matches in the BWF World Tour Finals, the Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikant were virtually out of the competition for the knockout stage.

Earlier, before Srikant managed to grab a small 11-10 lead with a smash, Srikant and Wang fought hard right from the start of the game, moving together 5-5 to 9-9.

The match which involved Sindhu, the dominating world champion went into the game against Ratchanok dogged to make up for her loss.

Jumping to a 5-2 lead then grabbing an 11-6 lead at the break, Sindhu made a positive start. Anyhow, Ratchanok caught up with four straight points at 14-14.

Sindhu again moved up 18-17 but lost of four points helped Intanon to gain the upper hand.

Intanon continued her thrust right from the first game to open up an 11-8 lead at the interval. Sindhu went down it to 11-12 before Ratchanok reeled off six points and sealed the match.