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Badminton: Sindhu, Srikanth lose in semi-finals of Indonesia Masters (Ld)

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Bali, Nov 20 (IANS) Reigning world champion PV Sindhu and former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the 2021 Indonesia Masters badminton tournament after losing their respective women’s and men’s singles semi-final matches, here on Saturday.

The 26-year old Sindhu wasn’t at her usual best and lost 13-21 9-21 against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in a one-sided semi-final contest that lasted for just 32 minutes.

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The Indian shuttler 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 her in the All England Open quarter-finals and during her bronze-medal run at Tokyo 2020.

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The Japanese shuttler will now face South Korea’s An Seyoung 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, K Srikanth, who had beaten compatriot HS Prannoy in the quarter-finals, was no match for reigning World Tour Final champion Anders Antonsen. He lost 14-21 9-21 to Antonsen in the men’s singles semi-finals, which lasted for 41 minutes.

Antonsen will play Japanese world No 1 Kento Momota in the final as he looks for his fourth World Tour title and first one this season.

–IANS

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