India’s ace Women badminton player PV Sindhu crashed out of the Singapore Open semifinals after she went down tamely to her Japanese opponent Nozomu Okuhara 21-7, 21-11.
The Indian yielded to the Rio Olympics Bronze medalist Okuhara in straight games within 37 minutes.
This was the 14th meeting between Sindhu and Okuhara, and Sindhu had the slight advantage of 7-6 over the second seed Okuhara before the start of the match. In their last meeting, Sindhu came out as the winner at the BWF World Tour Finals in December 2018 and as such Japanese avenged that defeat in style.
Sindhu began the proceedings on a somber note and was found struggling in the initial few exchanges as the Japanese scurried to a 9-1 advantage without breaking any sweat and at the mid-game interval, the Japanese led 11-3. Sindhu found it hard to match Okuhara’s skills and deception, which made it difficult for Sindhu to dominate the rallies and such lost the opening game in 15 minutes at 21-7.
The second seemed to be a closer affair with both the shuttlers splitting the first 8 points equally at 4-4 but the Japanese on the back of a 6-point spree ran away with the lead of 11-5 at the mid-game break. After, the break too the Japanese carried the momentum and made it 16-5 before Sindhu won 2 consecutive points, only for the first time in the game. With more unforced errors at the fag end, it was just about formalities before Okuhara wrapped the game in 22 minutes at 21-11.
Sindhu was the lone Indian to reach the semifinals of the Singapore open after compatriots Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Samer Verma were ousted in the quarters on Friday.
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