India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth enters finals, PV Sindhu crashes out
PV Sindhu lost to Chinese He Bingjao in two straight games. Sindhu led 11-9 at the interval, but He Bingjao fought back well to level the scores at 13-13. The Indian continued her aggression and led 20-16. Sindhu committed a lot of errors as Bingjao levelled the scores at 21-21. The Indian lost the first set 21-23.
In the second game, both fought for each point till 8-8. Sindhu took an 11-9 lead at the interval. After the interval, Sindhu led 16-13, but again, the Indian committed mistakes to lose the match by 18-21.
Kidambi Srikanth defeated Huang Yuxiang in three sets. In the first game, Srikanth led 11-10 at the interval. After the interval, the Chinese player fought back to win points in succession to win the first set 21-16.
The Indian made a strong comeback in the second game with an early 8-4 lead. After the interval, Srikanth continued his aggression to win second set 21-14.
Both players fought for each point right in the deciding game. At the interval, Srikanth led 11-10 at the interval. After the interval, Srikanth committed errors and trailed 15-17. The Indian came back strongly to level at 18-18. He held his nerves to win the deciding set 21-19 and moved into finals.
Parupali Kashyap lost to Viktor Axelsen in two straight sets 11-21 and 17-21 to be knocked out of the tournament.
The men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy lost to the Indonesian pair of Suwardi and Pratama in two straight sets 12-21 and 17-21 to be knocked out of the tournament.