Double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and rising star Lakshya Sen finished out of the quarterfinals in their respective singles events, ending India’s challenge in the Indonesian Open Super Series 500 tournament on Friday. Sen was the first to be ousted after a 20-year-old man got into a fight and was forced to make a decisive decision against his top Chinese Taipei rival, Cho Tian Chen 21-16 12-21 21-14.
India’s last hope then rested on the Indus but the former world champion lost to their old enemy Ratchanok Antonin 12-21, 10-21 in a match that lasted just over half an hour.
The 27-year-old was performing at her best and was easily seen in both attacks and defense and the Indian was never able to fight back and suffered her fifth consecutive defeat against her Thai rival.
After winning the first game easily, Antonin looked even more furious in the second and took a 10-point lead against Sindhu 9-4 in 33 minutes before taking a 10-point lead.
Sindhu, who made it to the semi-finals of the Thai Open last month, beat Gregoria Mariska Tanjing to advance to the quarter-finals.
Sean, who had previously won a bronze medal at the World Championships, leveled the second game by bouncing from behind, but the third-ranked player of Chinese Taipei won the decisive match with a scoreline of 21-16 12-21 21-14. I was
This was Sen’s second consecutive defeat against Cho in less than a month. Sen lost to his Chinese Taipei opponent 19-21 21-13 17-21 in the group stage of the Thomas Cup before he could lead him to a historic victory.
The 2018 Asian Games silver medalist, who defeated the Indian in the group stage of the Thomas Cup in his only previous meeting, put on a strong show at the crucial moment and put the initial pressure on the 20-year-old.
The world number 4 from Chinese Taipei added three points in a row to take a six-point lead in the decisive.
Sean was busy with some spectacular rallies towards the end and even saved two match points but his brave effort was not good enough as the experienced 32-year-old maintained his lead and extended it to 2-0. Indian
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