PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy crash out of Indonesia Open badminton


Jakarta, July 6: The Indian challenge came to an end at the $1.25 million Indonesia Open as both PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy lost their respective quarterfinals in straight games at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta on Friday.
Third seed Sindhu went down 14-21, 15-21 in 37 minutes to Chinese eighth seed He Bingjiao in her women’s singles last eight clash of the BWF World Tour Super 1000 event. This was the World No.7 Bingjiao’s sixth victory against Sindhu in 11 meetings and first since April 2017.
The World No.3 Sindhu, who turned 23rd on Thursday, matched her Chinese opponent point for point in the first game. But at 10-all Bingjiao took flight to win 11 of the next 15 points. The eighth seed used her agility to the optimum to tire the Indian out with shots all over.00
Sindhu is yet to win a tournament in 2018. But she has reached the finals of two tournaments — the Commonwealth?Games final in Gold Coast where she lost to compatriot Saina Nehwal in April and the India Open where she went down to American Beiwen Zhang in February.
Prannoy exits
Earlier, Chinese third seed Shi Yuqi brought an end to eighth seed Prannoy’s campaign after winning 21-17, 21-18 in 39 minutes in the men’s singles quarterfinal.
This was World No.3 Shi’s fourth win over Prannoy in five meetings. Prannoy’s only win over the Chinese came two years back at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Hyderabad.
Prannoy seemed to match Shi Yuqi in the rallies but lacked precision in his finishing touches. As a result, the third seeded Chinese led 11-8 at interval in both the games and eventually notched up a relatively easy win to reach the semi-finals. (HT)