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Madrid Spain Masters 2024: P.V. Sindhu crashes out in quarters, Sikki-Sumeeth soar in mixed doubles

Published at :March 30, 2024 at 2:41 PM
Modified at :March 30, 2024 at 2:41 PM
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Ansh Garg

Former world champion loses marathon match to Supanida Katethong.

Former world champion P.V. Sindhu went down swinging against 2024 Thailand Masters runner-up Supanida Katethong in a quarterfinal at the Madrid Spain Masters 2024.

Sindhu, who historically dominated the Thai superstar with a head-to-head record of 5-3 leaning in her favour, failed to capitalize on her first game win, as Katethong wore her down to clinch the match.

Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist and the runner-up in the 2023 tournament didn’t have a good start to the match, falling behind 4-8 in the first game. However, the former world champion rallied to claim the game with a score of 26-24. But, the Rio Olympics silver medalist struggled to maintain her rhythm in the subsequent games, ultimately facing a loss with scores of 26- 24 17- 21 and 20-22.

The unexpected withdrawal of Spain’s Carolina Marin from the competition positioned Sindhu as a contender for the title. Yet, she faced a challenge from her Thai opponent. The runner-up of the 2022 India Open took advantage of Sindhu’s mistakes.

Throughout the match Sindhu displayed her emotions. Her frustration reached a peak when she smashed her racket resulting in a card issued by the chair umpire as a warning for misconduct.

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On a brighter note, India’s mixed doubles pair of N. Sikki Reddy and B. Sumeeth Reddy secured a victory over Indonesia’s fourth seeds Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto and Lisa Ayu Kusumawati. Their 14-21, 21-11, 21-17 win propelled them into the semifinals.

However, the women’s doubles duo of Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa faced disappointment. Seeded third, they fell to sixth-seeded Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chia Hsin and Teng Chun Hsun with scores of 13-21, 19-21 in the quarterfinals.

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