Malaysian Open 2018: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth lose in semi-finals

first_imgPV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth bowed out of Malaysian Open 2018 after losing their respective semi-finals at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.Both Sindhu and Srikanth had reached the semi-finals after straight sets victory over Carolina Marin and Brice Leverdez, respectively, but they failed to replicate that dominance on Saturday.No Indian in the open era has managed to reach the final of the Malaysian Open and Sindhu and Srikanth failed to create history.Sindhu lost her semi-final 15-21, 21-19, 11-21 to world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei while Srikanth put up a listless performance in his 13-21, 13-21 loss to world No.12 Kento Momota of Japan.FOR ALL BADMINTON COVERAGESindhu lost her fifth straight match against Tai Tzu in the BWF circuit and further trailed 3-9 to Tai Tzu Ying in their head-to-head record.Sindhu’s last defeat to Tai Tzu had come in the 2017 Hong Kong Open, which was a straight sets loss.At the Malaysian Open, Sindhu was unable to counter Tai Tzu’s deceptive game once again. With her superior technical ability, Tai Tzu glided past Sindhu with absolute ease.Despite staying close to tai Tzu at almost all times, the Chinese Taipei player came up with beautiful strokes and her little tricks to outsmart Sindhu.Also read – Malaysia Open 2018: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth reach semi-finalsIn the beginning of the second game, Tai Tzu was trailing 0-4 to Sindhu but turned it around to lead 11-10 at the break.From there the two remained neck and neck. At one point, Sindhu countered Tai Tzu’s strokes with brilliant attacking display that shook the world No.1.advertisementAt 19-19, Tai Tzu make two uncharacteristic errors, two unforced errors to gift the game to Sindhu 21-19.The decider began with Tai Tzu making mistakes under pressure from Sindhu but soon Tai Tzu found her A game once again and made Sindhu move all around the court with her deft touches.Even as Sindhu hung around and got everything she could back on the court, Tai Tzu’s killer strokes gave her an 11-6 lead at the break.Also read – Prajakta Sawant chastises BAI for Badminton World Championship snubAfter that, Tai Tzu simply toyed with Sindhu and play extraordinarily, allowing Sindhu just five points. Sindhu fought and fought but the world No.1 eventually reigned supreme.While Sindhu put up a fighting display against the best in the world, Srikanth was never in his match against Momota. Malaysian Open 2018: Kidambi Srikanth put up a listless performance against Kento Momota. (AP Photo)Apart from a few shots that he played brilliantly to take around Momota, the Japanese remained in control of the match throughout.Momota movements were so brilliant that Srikanth struggled to keep pace with him and the variations Momota brought to the court completely left the Indian frazzled.Momota’s confidence completely shook Srikanth as twice in the second game, Srikanth missed his trademark smashes and all he could do was look at the hall lighting above.last_img