Sindhu, Satwik-Chirag lose in semifinals of Indonesia Open
World number 11 men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, seeded sixth, lost exited the Super 1000 tournament after a 16-21 18-21 defeat to top seeded Indonesian combination of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the semifinals.
It was thus curtains for India at the USD 850,000 tournament.
Sindhu, ranked seven in the world, came into the match with a 4-6 head-to-head count, having lost to the Thai player in the last two meetings.
Sindhu grabbed three straight points to march ahead and didn't look back as she pocketed the opening game.
Ratchanok got her bearings back and came back roaring into the match as she build up a lead of 11-7 at the interval in the second game.
The Thai shuttler grabbed nine of the next 10 points from 12-8 to leave Sindhu gasping. It was Sindhu who handed 11 game points to Ratchanok after going to the net and the Thai shuttler sealed it with a smash on her opponent's forehand. The thai player continued her impressive run in the decider as she ran to a healthy 11-6 lead with Sindhu committing too many errors.
Sindhu resumed with a cross court drop but a misjudgement at the backline and then an error at the net meant Ratchanok continued to move ahead.
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