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Korea Open 2022: India’s campaign ends with Sindhu and Srikanth’s defeat in semifinals

Sindhu went down to the second seed An Seyoung, Srikanth lost to the third seed Indonesian Jonatan Christie.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 9 April 2022 8:05 pm

India’s campaign at the 2022 Korea Open ended with PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth’s defeats in their respective semifinal games. While Sindhu went down to the second seed An Seyoung, Srikanth lost to the third seed Indonesian Jonatan Christie. Two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu was defeated in 48 minutes. This was the 26-year-old Indian shuttler’s fourth successive defeat against World Number 4 Seyoung.

Sindhu had come into the tournament after clinching the Swiss Open. She had defeated USA’s Lauren Lam in her opening game. She had then outperformed Aya Ohori in the pre-quarters. Sindhu overcame a tough challenge from the Thai shuttler Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the quarterfinals clash to set herself against An Seyoung. But third-seeded Sindhu was outclassed by the Korean in straight games. The 20-year-old beat Sindhu 21-14, 21-17 in 48 minutes.

Sindhu was kept at bay by the Korean shuttler with her agility and precision right from the start. Seyoung made Sindhu sweat hard for each point as she displayed her attacking as well as defensive skills. The Indian tried to make a comeback in the second game as she reeled off three points on the trot after being 14-18 down to keep the match alive. But Seyoung was smart enough to not let the match slip from her grasp.

Another semifinal finish for K Srikanth

For world championships silver medallist Srikanth, it ended in yet another semifinal finish as he fell short against Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie, going down 19-21 16-21 in 50 minutes. Both players had played neck-to-neck in their previous eight encounters having won four each. But the Indonesian took a lead after beating Srikanth in the semis. Although Srikanth ended the first half of the first game with a lead, Christie kept coming back.

In the second game as well, Srikanth and Christies produced an enthralling battle. However, Christie grabbed six points after being 13-14 down. He then capitalized on the lead and made it to his second successive final of a BWF World Tour event.

Earlier, the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty bowed out of the tournament after losing to the local pair of Minhyuk Kang and Seungjae Seo ( in the quarterfinals. The Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy also lost to the Korean pair of Hye Won Eom and Bo Ryeong Kim in their QFs match.

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