Sindhu, Srikanth bow out of China Open 2018

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Beijing: Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were knocked out of the China Open 2018 after losing their respective matches in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Sindhu lost to China’s Chen Yufei in the quarter-finals in the sets of 11-21, 21-11, 15-21 while Srikanth was defeated by Japan’s Kento Momota with score point of 21-9, 21-11. With this, Chen Yufei and Momota stormed into the semi-finals.

Sindhu lost the first game 11-21, but made a comeback in the second game, winning it 21-11. The third game, however, was a close affair but Sindhu could not hold on to her nerves to take the decider and book a berth in the semi-finals.

Momota dominated the first game by 21-9 against Srikanth. Srikanth struggled to catch up with the Japanese shuttler eventually losing the match in a straight game.

For India, the losing streak continued as earlier Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy went down 14-21 11-21 against China’s, Siwei Zheng and Huang Yaqiong in the round of 16 while, Sikki Reddy and Pranav Jerry Chopra also lost against Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Mathias Christiansen, in straight games of 16-21 10-21.

In the men’s doubles, Mannu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy were outplayed by Chen Hung Ling and Wang Chi-Lin in with a score of 9-21 10-21.

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