Sindhu crashes out of All England Open

Sindhu crashes out of All England Open
India's PV Sindhu returns against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi during their women's singles semifinal match in the All England Open Badminton Championships.

The Indian shuttler was leading 13-7 in the decider before allowing Yamaguchi to rally to victory

By Agencies

Published: Sat 17 Mar 2018, 9:53 PM

Last updated: Sat 17 Mar 2018, 11:59 PM

India's PV Sindhu put up a valiant performance before bowing out to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21-19, 19-21, 18-21 in the semifinals of the All England Open on Saturday.
Sindhu marched ahead 13-7 in the decider before Yamaguchi staged a remarkable comeback to draw level at 14-14 and eventually she went on to win the match.
In the other semi-finals, Tai Tzu Ying prevailed over China's eighth-seeded Chen Yufei 21-15, 20-22, 21-3.
Meanwhile, a fast and enterprising performance from fleet-footed 22-year-old Shi Yuqi ensured that China will win back the men's singles title.
Shi overcame Son Wan Ho, the fifth-seeded Korean to reach the final of the 118-year-old tournament with a 21-17, 21-14 win.
Two-time former champion Lin Dan was to face Chinese compatriot Huang Yuxiang in the other semifinal later.
Son may have been blunted by two gruelling three-game tussles in the past three days and the fresher Shi was quick to take advantage once he was able to snap out an error-strewn start that saw him fall 7-11 behind in the first game and 5-9 in the second.
Shi hit top form with a seven-point sequence in the middle of the second game to decisively swing the match in his favour.
His success followed a surprisingly comfortable victory over China's Olympic champion Chen Long on Friday, and offers the chance of redemption after being blown away by Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in last year's final.
"My form is getting better and better," Shi said. "In the final I hope I can do better than last year. This time I will be playing one of my team mates, so I will be able to prepare for specific details."

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