PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth’s impressive run at the Korea Open Super 500 badminton tournament ended in the semi-final stage at Suncheon on Saturday.
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth’s impressive run ended in the semi-finals after they went down in straight sets at the Korea Open Super 500 badminton tournament at Suncheon on Saturday. Two time Olympic medalist Sindhu suffered her fourth successive defeat against Korea’s An Seyoung , losing 14-21, 17-21 in 48 minutes. Meanwhile former world no. 1 Srikanth came up short against Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie, going down 19-21, 16-21 in 50 minutes.
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Third seed Sindhu tried everything at her disposal but couldn’t find a way past the number four An Seyoung, displayed great athleticism and precision, leaving Sindhu on the back foot from the start. The 20-year-old Korean rode on her super retrieving skills to get the better of the Swiss Open champion.
On the other hand, 29-year-old Srikanth had a chance to avenge his previous defeat and looked determined for revenge as he made a decent start, leading 11-8 at the interval of the first game. But the Indian couldn’t maintain the tempo as Christie shifted gears to claim the opening game 21-19.
After the change of ends, as the game progressed, Christie grew in confidence. The Indonesian held five match points, while Srikanth saved one before Christie produced another quick return to reach his second successive final of a BWF World Tour event. Christie will face China’s Weng Hong Yang in the title-decider on Sunday.
The 2022 Korea Open Super 500 Badminton championship will commence on April 5 and end on April 10.
Weng Hong Yang beat Victor Svendsen 22-20 21-13
Jonatan Christie beat Kidambi Srikanth 21-19 21-16
Weng Hong Yang vs Jonatan Christie
Pornpawee Chochuwong beat Kim Gaeun 17-21, 21-14, 21-14
An Seyoung beat PV Sindhu 21-14, 21-17
Pornpawee Chochuwong vs An Seyoung
Fajar Alfian/ Muhammad Rian Ardianto vs Kang Minhyunk/ Seo Seungjae
Benyapa Aimsaard/ Nuntakarn Aimsaard vs Jeong Na Eun/ Kim hye Jeong
Ko Sung hyun/ Eom Hye Won vs Tan Kian Meng/ Lai Pei Jing
All the matches of the tournament will be live-streamed on Voot Select. Badminton fans across the globe can also watch the matches live on BWF official YouTube channel. Meanwhile Indian badminton fans can enjoy the action on TV networks, as the tournament will also be telecast on VH1, MTV and History TV18.