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Badminton: Sindhu bows out in semis of Indonesia Masters

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Bali, Nov 20 (IANS) Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out of the 2021 Indonesia Masters badminton tournament after losing to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-finals of the women’s singles event, here on Saturday.

The reigning world champion wasn’t at her usual best and lost 13-21 9-21 in a one-sided contest that lasted for just 32 minutes.

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The two-time Olympic medallist struggled with keeping her returns in right from the start and she never recovered from an early deficit. On the other hand, Yamaguchi got a great dip on her shots, often catching Sindhu out at the net and as the Japanese shuttler registered a comfortable win.

This was Sindhu’s first loss to Akane in 2021. She had earlier beaten Yamaguchi in the All England Open quarter-finals and during her bronze-medal run at Tokyo 2020.

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The Japanese will now face South Korea’s An Seyoung or Phittayaporn Chaiwan of Thailand as she chases her third World Tour title of 2021.

This was also Sindhu’s second-straight loss in the semis at a World Tour event, having lost to Sayaka Takahashi at the French Open last month.

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Meanwhile, former world No 1 Kidambi Srikanth will play against reigning World Tour Final champion Anders Antonsen in the men’s singles semi-final, later in the day.

–IANS

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