Sindhu, Sameer lose in Thailand Open ties


Bangkok, Jan 22: World Champion PV Sindhu dished out a below-par performance to lose her quarterfinal match, while Sameer Verma’s gal-lant fight ended in agony in the Toyota Thailand Open Super 1000 tournament here Friday.

 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa, however, en-tered the mixed doubles semifinal with a stunning win over World No.6 pair of Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ymg Goh of Malaysia in a nail-bitting quarterfinal duel. 

Sindhu looked a pale shadow of the player who had won the world championship gold in 2019 as she was all at sea against home favourite Ratchanok Inthanon, who rode on her precision and quality of strokes to outclass the Indian 21-13, 21-9 in a lop-sided contest.

 In men’s singles, Sameer’s giant-killing run also came to an end after he squandered a match point to go down 13-21, 21-19, 20-22 to World No.3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark in a quarterfinal con-test.

 With the defeat of Sindhu and Sameer, Indian challenge in sin-gles competition ended in the tour-nament.

 The only bright spot was the duo of Satwik and Ashwini as they shocked the fifth seeded Malaysian pair 18-21, 2422, 22-20 after toiling hard for one hour and 15 minutes. The World No.22 Indian pair will be up against top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand. 

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