BWF World Tour Finals 2019: PV Sindhu loses to Chen Yufei, title defence falters in group stage
PV Sindhu's campaign in the year-ending BWF World Tour Final ended after the Indian lost to China's Chen Yufei 22-20, 16-21, 12-21
Just like in her campaign opener against Akane Yamaguchi, PV Sindhu squandered a game advantage to lose yet again in a one hour and 12 minute match
Trailing 17-20, Sindhu staged a dramatic turnaround to score five straight points and claim the first game
Chen Yufei came from 10-11 down to win the final game 21-12
Guangzhou: Defending champion PV Sindhu's campaign in the year-ending BWF World Tour Final ended after the Indian lost to China's Chen Yufei 22-20, 16-21, 12-21 on Thursday.
Just like in her campaign opener against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi on Wednesday, Sindhu squandered a game advantage to lose yet again in a one hour and 12 minute match, bowing out of contention for the knockouts.
Trailing 17-20, Sindhu staged a dramatic turnaround to score five straight points and claim the first game.
However, the Chinese rallied to win the second game after a strong start.
Chen Yufei, who has been in rampaging form this season having won all six of her finals, including the All England Championships, carried the momentum into the decider and left Sindhu stunned with her wide repertoire of shots.
Coming into the match with a strong 6-3 head-to-head record, Sindhu struggled to match Chen Yufei initially, as the Chinese used her smashes to good effect and grabbed an 8-4 lead and then extended it to 16-12.
But the the reigning world champion turned it around superbly and clinched the opening game in 24 minutes when she sent the shuttle beyond Chen Yufei's reach.
The second game started on an even keel but from 7-7, Chen Yufei went into the lead and then managed a handsome seven-point cushion with the score reading 19-12 in favour of the Chinese.
With a drop shot, the word number two claimed the second game and restored parity. The second game also lasted 24 minutes.
A confident Chen Yufei was in her element in the decider and rarely gave the world number six Sindhu an opportunity to come back into the Group A match that lasted one hour and 12 minutes in all.
Sindhu will play He Bing Jiao on Friday in what is a dead rubber with both players out of contention. Akane Yamaguchi and Yufei will progress from Group A into the knockouts.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Every one of the eight singles exponents – six in the men’s category, and two among the women, comprising the cream of Indian badminton – were sidelined before the completion of the second round matches
Thailand Open Super 1000: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Sameer Verma produce the sole redeeming feature of Indian performance
For the second elite World Tour Super 1000 tournament in a row, Indian shuttlers produced a dismal performance, to crash out of the Toyota Thailand Open en masse by the semi-final stage, and leave the country empty-handed.
Thailand Open Super 1000: PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma suffer defeats; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponappa pair enters semi-finals
The unseeded Indian pair toiled hard for one hour and 15 minutes to beat their world no. 6 Malaysian opponents 18-21, 24-22, 22-20 in a nail-biting quarterfinal duel.