IMAGE: PV Sindhu went down 18-21, 13-21 to Thai Ratchanok Intanon. Photograph: PTI
Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth had been virtually out of competition for the knockout stage after shedding their respective second spherical matches within the BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok on Thursday.
Per week in the past, Sindhu had suffered a demoralising defeat to Ratchanok Intanon and there was no change of destiny for the World Champion this time too as she went down 18-21, 13-21 to the third seeded Thai.
Srikanth loved a 3-0 head-to-head depend in opposition to Wang Tzu Wei forward of the match but it surely mattered little because the Taiwanese World No 12 claimed a come-from-behind 19-21, 21-9, 21-19 win over the Indian.
With solely the highest two gamers from every group making it to the semi-finals, the dual defeat nearly sealed the destiny of the Indian duo within the event.
Earlier, Srikanth and Wang fought tooth and nail proper from the beginning, shifting collectively 5-5 to 9-9 earlier than Srikanth managed to seize a slender 11-10 lead with a smash.
Srikanth opened up a major 15-11 lead with Wang sending the shuttle large twice.
Srikanth continued to dominate the rallies together with his angled returns to succeed in 17-12.
Wang, nevertheless, narrowed it all the way down to 18-19 with Srikanth committing few errors however the Indian managed to seize two sport factors with a smash. He misplaced one earlier than changing the following with Wang making a poor judgement on the backline.
Both the shuttlers engaged in some energy-sapping rallies however Wang performed some very good photographs to open up a 9-5 lead as Srikanth made a poor judgement. The Indian made successive errors on the internet to permit Wang seize a wholesome 11-5 benefit on the interval.
Wang merely ran away with the sport as he led 16-6 and ultimately sealed the sport when Srikanth discovered the web.
The decider began with attacking rallies with Srikanth main 4-1 however Wang produced a rear guard to make it 8-4 with seven straight factors.
Srikanth bounced again to make it 10-10 however Wang once more grabbed a lead at 17-13.
Srikanth then made Wang run across the court docket, leaving him flat on the bottom ultimately. He made it 16-17 earlier than discovering the web and going large.
Srikanth once more missed the road as Wang grabbed 4 match factors. The Indian saved three however went down ultimately.
In the match involving Sindhu, the reigning world champion went into the competition in opposition to Ratchanok decided to make up for her loss of their final assembly.
The Indian made a optimistic begin, leaping to a 5-2 lead after which grabbed a 11-6 lead on the break. However, Ratchanok caught up with 4 straight factors at 14-14.
Sindhu once more transfer forward to 18-17 however a burst of 4 factors helped Ratchanok acquire the higher hand.
The Thai star continued her momentum from the primary sport to open up a 11-8 lead on the break. Sindhu narrowed it to 11-12 earlier than Ratchanok reeled off six factors on the trot to take the match away from the Indian.