PV Sindhu was knocked out of the All England Championships on Saturday with a semi-final loss to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong. She lost 17-21, 9-21 in just 45 minutes and failed to make the final. With Carolina Marin and Tai Tzu Ying not a part of the tournament, this was Sindhu’s big chance to win the prestigious title.
PV Sindhu started the game slow and Chochuwong took full advantage of that to move the Indian around on the court. Sindhu look sluggish in the beginning and found it difficult to pick the shuttles from all around the court. However, midway through the game, Sindhu found her stride and started pushing Chochuwong. She showed better control of the shots and got the Thai stranded on occasions. She managed to close the gap eventually to as close as 16-17.
However, Chochuwong picked up again from there while Sindhu also made a couple of costly errors. As the Indian sent the shuttle long, Chochuwong took the first game 21-17
The Thai started the second game quick once more and took a 7-3 lead. Sindhu struggled to get anything going and once more, Chochuwong was on top of the proceedings and took an 11-4 lead into the break.
Even after that, Sindhu was not able to find her game as the Thai raced off to a 17-8 lead. Sindhu even missed a basic smash and lost points. Chochuwong took the big win in the second game and the Thai made the big final.
The other women’s singles semi-final is between Ratchanok Intanon and Nozomi Okuhara.
Sindhu was the last Indian remaining in the tournament and with her loss, India’s challenge came to an end once again.
Japan has eight representations in the semi-finals. The women’s doubles final will be an all-Japanese affair after Fukushima-Hirota made the final earlier in the day and the other semi-final is between two Japanese pairs.
The men’s doubles final may also see the same as Endo-Watanabe made the final and Kamura-Sonoda play the other semi-final against Astrup-Rasmussen.
The men’s singles semi-final line-up has Lee Zii Jia, Mark Caljouw, Anders Antonsen and Viktor Axelsen.
Even the mixed doubles semi-finals have two Japanese pairs.