Sports News, International, PV Sindhu lost to top-ranked Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 21-19, 12-21, 17-21 in Group B of BWF World Tour Finals.
With the loss, in just 59 minutes, Sindhu had a dismal record against Tzu Ying which now reads 5-16 and has now lost in their last three meetings.
The opening game was a close fight as Sindhu and Tzu Ying engaged in an enticing battle. The Taiwanese managed to lead the game for most part but Sindhu kept breathing down her neck before reeling off four points on the trot to claim the game. Tzu Ying led 5-3 early on before grabbing a 11-8 advantage at the interval as Sindhu lost a few points on the net.
After the break, Tzu Ying jumped to a 14-10 lead with Sindhu making an error in her judgement at backline and also the Taiwanese producing a backhand cross court return. Sindhu drew parity at 16-16 with a run of points, highlighted by a crisp cross court slice and a backhand return.
Tzu Ying again moved ahead but two precise smash helped the Indian make it 19-19 as she grabbed the game point with another precise return that kissed the backline. Sindhu then played a cross court return at the net which her opponent couldn’t reach to gain the upper hand in the match. Tzu Ying came out all cylinders blazing to grab a 6-0 lead in the second game. Sindhu managed to reduce the deficit to 3-7 before the Taiwanese unleased a couple of drops and a smash to make it 9-4.
Two unforced errors from Sindhu handed a 11-4 advantage to her rival at the break. Tzu Ying continued to exert pressure on the Indian to move to 19-9 before winning the second game with a cross court return to level the match. In the decider, Tzu Ying again led 6-3 but she stumbled to some defensive errors as Sindhu again levelled the score 6-6 with a smash. However, the second seed Taiwanese held a 11-9 lead at the break after Sindhu made another error in her judgement at the backline. After the change of sides, Sindhu managed to keep the two-point difference till 13-15 before a lucky net cord and a weak return at the net by Sindhu gave Tzu Ying a 17-13 lead.
Sindhu again narrowed it to 16-18 and then 17-19 before Tzu Ying grabbed three match points with the Indian going to the net. The world no. 1 Taiwanese sealed it with another return from Sindhu going to net.
The others in the same group are home favourites Ratchanok Intanon and Pornpawee Chochuwong.
Sindhu next faces Ratchanok, who humiliated her last week in a lop-sided quarterfinal as well as enjoys a 5-4 record.
Against Pornpawee, her third opponent in the group, Sindhu has a 3-1 record but the Thai had defeated the Indian in their last clash in 2019.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)