After Sindhu, Sameer lose, Satwik retains flag flying

Bangkok, January 22

An error-prone PV Sindhu suffered a demoralising defeat in the quarterfinals, while Sameer Verma’s gallant fight too ended in agony at the Thailand Open here today.

However, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy claimed twin wins in the mixed and men’s doubles quarterfinals to keep India’s flag fluttering at the Super 1000 badminton tournament here.

Sindhu committed too many unforced errors to go down 13-21 9-21 against home favourite Ratchanok Intanon. “I made a lot of unforced errors and I think I gave away easy points. I didn’t play my best today. It wasn’t my day,” Sindhu said.

Sindhu looked awfully out of form as she was all at sea against Ratchanok, a former world champion.

“Some of my lifts were going out and going out of control. I was hitting with so much power sometimes. I should have controlled things a lot more. If I had won the first game, I think things would have been comparatively different,” she said.

In men’s singles, Sameer squandered a match point to go down 13-21 21-19 20-22 to world No. 3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark in the last-8.

Double delight

The doubles players, however, gave fans something to cheer about. Satwiksairaj and Ashwini Ponnappa upstaged the world No. 6 pair of Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia 18-21 24-22 22-20 after toiling hard for one hour and 15 minutes.

“We have played them three times. We have won twice and lost once. We were confident. We knew our main strength would be our attack. They were under pressure. We kept fighting. We had our chances and never messed up,” Satwiksairaj said.

Later in the day, Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty saw off another Malaysian pair, Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, 21-18 24-22 in 37 minutes. — PTI

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