Star shuttlers, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth could not continue their impressive run in the Malaysian Open 2018 and crashed out of the tournament owing to defeat in their respective matches in semifinals. While Srikanth could not match the pace of his Japanese opponent, Sindhu fought hard against the defending champion, Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Here is a quick fix of the semifinals of Malaysian Open.
Defeat in straight sets
The Silver medalist at the Gold Coast Commonwealth games, Kidambi Srikanth was seeded fourth in the tournament. Taking on the Japanese Kento Momota, Srikanth looked subdued in all aspects. The starting of the match saw both the players equally matched as they took alternate points reaching 6-6. After the interval, the left-handed Momota showed his class and went on to collect points taking away the first set. From here on, the momentum gained was not lost as the second set also belonged to him. The scorecard read 21-13, 21-15. Srikanth came in semifinals after defeating world number 22 French Brice Leverdez in 39 minutes clash.
A gritty performance
The Olympic silver medallist had a tough task ahead with Tai Tzu who came in the tournament to defend her title. The current world number one showed better physical agility and tactics to outshine her Indian opponent. The first set had performances at par till interval, but Tai took over the driving seat soon. Coming back strongly, Sindhu managed to hold her nerves to snatch away a narrow victory. The third and deciding game saw an exquisite show by the Chinese, who stunned Sindhu with perfect drops, placements and smashes. Seeded third in the tournament, the final result meant a straight exit for Sindhu. Making her way through the quarterfinals, Sindhu had defeated Carolina Marine in straight sets in what was a thriller of a game.
With Asian Games slated in Jakarta next month, players are looking to find their momentum. Reaching semifinals is, surely, not a satisfying result for both the star players. The new faces of Indian Badminton at the world level, Srikanth and Sindhu would hope to cover up the loss here with some heroics in Jakarta.