It was a bad day at the office for Indian commuters Lakshya Sen and PV Sindhu as the duo lost their respective quarter-finals at the Indonesia Masters on Friday. World number 7 Sindhu lost to Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in back-to-back matches 21-12, 21-10, in just 33 minutes.
At the start of the first match, Intanon took a good lead over the Indian and led into the mid-match break at 11-5. From there, scoring became difficult for her as she continued to drop points. Sindhu tried to keep the rallies short, but paid a heavy price as he committed a few unforced errors.
Intanon, on the other hand, used the diving shots well to advance to the semi-finals of the event. It was also Sindhu’s fifth consecutive defeat against the Thai, in their 13 encounters over the years. Before that, the best male player, Lakshya Sen, also lost his quarterfinal match against the world number one. 4 Chou Tien Chen of Taipei 21-16, 12-21, 21-14 in one hour and two minutes.
After losing the first game convincingly, the Indian made a comeback in the second and stretched the game to the bitter end. Tien Chen used his vast experience to get the better of Sen, only to deny him a spot in the semi-finals. It was his second straight loss to the same opponent as he also lost to the Taipei player in the Thomas Cup last month.
Now, all Indian players will be seen in action at the Indonesia Open, starting next week.
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