The Indian shuttlers failed to win either of their fixtures yet again.
Kidambi Srikanth and P.V. Sindhu’s bad run of form continued, as both shuttlers lost their respective clashes in the ongoing HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 in Thailand.
World No. 14 Kidambi Srikanth conceded defeat to Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei 21-19, 9-21, 9-21 while World No. 7 P.V. Sindhu lost to Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon 18-21, 13-21 in straight games.
In Group ‘B’ of men’s singles category, the Indian shuttler came up against the better-ranked Wang Tzu Wei. The Indian shuttler came out on top in a closely-fought first game and secured it after taking the lead at the interval.
However, World No. 12 Wang Tzu Wei came into his groove from the second game onwards and showed his quality. He led at the interval and won the second game easily by a score of 21-9, completely pulling the tie in his favour.
The match was decided in the marathon third, which saw both players giving their all. Tired and fatigued from the previous game yesterday, Srikanth looked out of breath and out of ideas. Wang Tzu Wei secured the third 21-19 and emerged victorious in a match which lasted an hour and 18 minutes long.
On the other hand, in the Group ‘B’ of the women’s singles action, Sindhu faced World No. 5 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. Both the players had lost their matches yesterday and had a lot to prove in an evenly-contested match on paper.
While Sindhu started the game positively leading at the interval 11-6, her opponent launched an incredible comeback later. Ratchanok’s movement around the court and her down the line smashes found no opposition from Sindhu, who crumbled under pressure. The first game ended in Ratchanok’s favour.
In the second, the World No. 5 never looked back. She carried her rhythm from the first, led at the interval this time around, and easily secured the game. The straight game defeat that lasted 43 minutes, showcased why the Indian shuttlers like Sindhu must improve their fitness while the pandemic is ongoing.