Suncheon: April 9 (IANS) India’s campaign at the 2022 Korea Open Badminton Championships came to an end on Saturday after the country’s top bowlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth lost their respective semi-final matches at Palma Stadium. , here.
Sindhu lost her women’s singles quarterfinal match 14-21, 17-21 against World No.4 An Seyoung in 48 minutes.
Heading into the match, Sindhu, a former world champion, had failed to beat the 20-year-old South Korean in any of their previous three meetings. The last time the two met, An Seyoung had denied the Indian ace the 2021 BWF World Tour Finals title.
Sindhu tried to start the match aggressively, but some amazing comebacks from An Seyoung thwarted her as the South Korean took a 7-1 lead.
The Indian midfielder managed to offset the early blows with a number of good points of her own, but it was An Seyoung with an 11-6 lead heading into the first mid-game interval of the match.
Despite Sindhu’s best efforts, An Seyoung controlled the flow of the match and won the first game 21-14.
Looking for a forceful response, Sindhu took a 3-0 lead in the second game, but it wasn’t long before An Seyoung responded and it was the South Korean again who led by two points at halftime.
An Seyoung’s court coverage was exquisite and her array of shorts continued to baffle the Indian star as the match wore on.
Trailing 14-9, Sindhu upped the ante and managed to cut the deficit to a single point with the help of some brilliant crossover winners.
However, it was not enough to defeat the South Korean in match-ending form.
Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth also lost his men’s singles semifinals against Indonesia’s second seed Jonatan Christie by a score of 19-21, 16-21.
Fifth-seeded Srikanth started the match well and led for most of the first game, but World No.8 Cristie changed the script right at the end to take the lead.
The second game was a close affair in the opening stages, but from a score of 14, Christie stepped up to take control and finished the match in 49 minutes.
Srikanth’s loss ended India’s campaign at the Korea Open.